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    Youe degree is the foundation of a fulfilling career


There has never been more call for biological scientists than today. Your degree will open the door to many exciting careers.

 In a world beset by extinctions, climate change, medical crises and sustainability issues, there is so much important work for us. From helping to combat disease to protecting the natural world, the opportunities to make a meaningful impact for the better are endless.

Graduate destinations

Below you can see some of the careers which graduates from our courses have go on to after leaving Reading. As you can see, the breadth of professions is remarkable.

  • Research
  •  Science communication and patenting
  •  Commercial manufacturing
  •  Academic lab work
  •  Healthcare
  •  Agricultural scientist
  • Biomedical scientist
  •  Environmental management
  •  Pharmaceutical lab work
  • Ecological consultancy
  •  Government environmental work 
  •  Practical conservation
  • Conservation fundraising
  •  Science related media
  • Chartered Biologist 
  • Sustainability consultancy
  •  Teaching
  • Further study 

Examples of employers

Recent graduates have gone on to careers with many prestigious employers. Examples include the following:

  •  Medical Research Council
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital 
  •  South East Water
  •  ThermoFisher
  • Nexus Supporter 
  •  Boots
  •  The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • The University of Reading 
  •  Channel 4

Move towards your chosen career

If you already have a firm idea about the direction that you want to take, you can take the opportunity to gain experience and raise your profile within the industry by taking a placement as part of your degree.

Supporting your future career

The University of Reading is committed to helping you to get the most from your degree. Visit our Career Centre for advice, events and help.

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