Published: 20 November 2019

Top jobs with a biosciences degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in biosciences and discover some of the jobs Surrey graduates have secured in the field over the past few years.

Students in a laboratory

A degree in biosciences at Surrey can prepare you for a wide range of careers, from the more scientific and technical roles taught through biomedicine and microbiology to teaching and science journalism.

The combination of analytical, data-handling and research skills that you will develop throughout your degree will ensure that you graduate with the skills you need to take the lead, whatever career your decide to pursue.


"The placement has made me much more confident and experienced in my lab work, and has given me more insight into what I might do after my studies."

       – Gareth Raynes, BSc Microbiology


Careers with a biosciences degree

Jobs directly related to a biosciences degree include:

  • Research associate
  • Chemists
  • Medical doctor
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Laboratory technicians. 


However, a degree in biosciences will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These include:

  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Science journalist
  • Scientific sales executive
  • Market research analyst
  • Patent attorney
  • Quality control scientist.


"I would strongly recommend a Professional Training placement to any student wishing to get a head start in their career, It's the perfect opportunity to network and get a grasp of the bigger picture in terms of future work and higher study options in your area of interest."

       – Tejasvi Shivakumar, BSc Biological Sciences


Biosciences graduate jobs

Our biosciences graduates have a strong track record for employability. We're ranked in the top 20 for employment after sixth months for biosciences in the Guardian University Guide 2020. In recent years, our biosciences and medicine graduates have secured roles including:

  • Quality Engineer, The Body Shop 
  • Clinical Data Manager, Institute of Cancer Research 
  • Microbiology Researcher, Procter & Gamble
  • Biomedical Scientist, Public Health England
  • Biochemist, Food Standards Agency
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant, Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • Clinical Trial Associate, Inventiv Health

Many students have chosen to continue study through masters degrees in microbiology and medicine and Phd qualifications in a wide range of subjects. Some have also decided to progress into medical and dental programmes.


"The University has an excellent careers department who helped me write my CV and perfect my interview technique, so I could succeed in securing a suitable PhD position."

       – Dr Doug Hodgson, BSc Microbiology (Medical)


"Going on placement provides you with vital work experience, and a feel for where your career path could take you. Equally, it helps you grow as a person, boost your confidence and improve social skills."

       – Jamal Hasan, BSc Biomedical Science


Discover more about our biosciences degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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