BIOLOGY AND BIOSCIENCE CAREERS

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Destinations of Recent Kent Bioscience Graduates

These statistics only cover the first six months after graduation. The latest destinations for all subjects (1999-last year) including individual degree subjects such as microbiology and postgraduates can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm

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POSTGRADUATE STUDY

  • MSc Biochemistry (research): Kent (22), UCL, Manchester, North Carolina (USA)
    Cancer Biology - Kent (14)
    Reproductive Medicine - Kent (3)
    MSc Infectious Diseases - Kent (2)
    Cell Biology - Kent (7)
    Science Communication
    - Kent (7),
    Biotechnology & Bioengineering
    : Kent (3),
    Bioscience: Edinburgh, Exeter, Littoral (France), Urbino
    Oncology: Nottingham (3) ,
    Microbiology
    : Kent (5), Medical Microbiology: Liverpool, School of Tropical Hygiene, Westminister
    Molecular Medicine
    : Imperial;
    Molecular & Cell Biology
    (research, 2) - Kent, Molecular Biol & Pathology of Viruses -Imperial
    Rheumatology
    - UCL,
    Bioinformatics
    - Kent, Birkbeck,
    Immunology Imperial (2) , Nottingham, Kings (3), London School of Hygiene, Leicester
    Toxicology Surrey
    Drug Discovery - London Univ. School of Pharmacy
    Biomedical Imaging - Kent, Sussex, Brighton
    Biomedical Engineering
    - UCL (3), Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering - UCL,
    Biochemical Engineering - UCL
    Clinical Neuroscience - Kings.
    Molecular Neuroscience - Bristol
    Molecular Endocrinology
    : Imperial;
    Entomology:
    Imperial;
    Clinical Drug Development - Queen Mary
    Clinical Research - Cranfield
    Virology - Imperial
    Genetics:
    Kent, Birmingham, Glasgow;
    Biomedical Science - Leicester, Nottingham Trent.
    Bioanalysis: Manchester,
    Biology - Imperial Univ. of Bordeaux, Univ. of Granada
    Infectious Diseases
    : London School of Hygiene,
    Physiology of Disease - Nottingham
    Chiropractic Studies - Glamorgan
    Ecology, Evolution & Consv'n - Imperial
    Intellectual Property - Queen Mary
    Public Health - Kent
    Dental Public Health - Kings
    Conservation Biology:
    Kent,MSc Conserv'n & Forest Protection - Imperial
    Food Science
    : Reading,
    Forensic Anthropology: Bournemouth, Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology - Cranfield,
    Renewable Energy
    : Reading
    Management Science: Kent; Business Studies: Middlesex, International Business Mngt: Kent,
    Computer Science
    Kent (5); Software Engineering: Bournemouth;
    Philosophy
    : Kings College
  • MRes Biotechnology: Kent (lots); MRes Biochemistry: Imperial (2); MRes Biomedical Research: Imperial,MRes Bioinformatics: Leeds, MRes Medical & Molec. Biosci. (Immunobiology) - Newcastle, MRes Evolutionary Biology & Systematics - Glasgow
  • MA Health Studies: Kent, MA Public Health: Essex, MA Newspaper Journalism: City, MBA: Kent
  • MPhil Biochemistry - Kent (10)
    KTP Associate Swansea Univ/Porvair Filtration Group
  • PhD Biochemistry: Kent (11), Kings, Cambridge (2), Edinburgh, Imperial (2), UCL Cell Biology - Kent, Chemistry - Sheffield, Genetics - Kent, Biological Sciences: Cambridge (2), Biotechnology: Imperial; Microbiology: Imperial, UEA; Clinical Medicine: Imperial, Molecular Biology: Imperial (2), UEA, UCL/MRC (2), Goteborg, Sheffield, Neuroscience: Edinburgh, Kings, Neurobiology: Kings, Neuropathology - Newcastle, Immunology: Birmingham, York, Cambridge Biology: Kent, UCL, Surrey, Sussex,  Drug Development: Inst. of Cancer Research, Nuclear Medicine: Inst. of Cancer Research, Molecular Enzymology: Manchester Stem Cells: York, Nutrion: Nottingham, Biomedical Sciences: Lancaster, Leiden, MPhil. Haemetology: Kent, Biopolymers - Kings, Pharmacology - Cambridge (2), Regenerative Medicine - Loughborough, Biochemistry of Tumour Biology - Inst. of Cancer Research
  • Medicine Imperial, Manchester (5 year) Birmingham, St Georges, Peninsula (5 year), Warwick (4), QMC
    Veterinary Medicine
    - Edinburgh, Liverpool
  • Teacher Training: PGCE Secondary Science: Christ Church College Canterbury (9), Greenwich, London Institute, Leeds, Portsmouth, Middlesex (2), Cambridge, Southampton PGCE Secondary Biology: Kings College London, Cambridge
    PGCE Primary: Forest Independent College, Christ Church, East Anglia Univ., Manchester Metropolitan; SCITT (Schools-based): Kent Training Group.
  • OTHER: Radiography: Christ Church; BSc Physiotherapy: Brunel; MSc Physiotherapy: UEA, MSc Mental Health Nursing: Essex, BSc Adult Nursing - Plymouth, BSc Forensic Science: Kent, HND Music: Northbrook College, Pilot Training Course, Access to Medicine: City College,Norwich, PG Dip. Horse Health and Management - Nottingham Trent
EMPLOYMENT

Laboratory-related employment

  • Research Scientist or Assistant Pfizer (10), GSK (4), Servier Laboratories, Lonza Biologics, UEA (+PhD), MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, Cancer Research UK, Scottish Biomedical, Celltech, Proctor & Gamble, Bio Products Laboratory, Lucigen, Prometic Biosciences, Middlesex Hospital, Imperial College, Genome Research (2), S.E. Microbiology, Glycobiology, Syngenta, Insama, DSTL, Vanderbilt University, Prosidion, Gillette, Research Officer/Epigenetics course - Genome Inst. of Singapore
  • R&D Haircare Technologist - Cosi
  • Clinical Biochemist/Microbiologist Royal Free Hospital, N. London Blood Centre, Tr. Clinical Scientist - Imperial College Trust /MSc Clin Sci.: Manchester Univ.
  • Biomedical Scientist Quantum Diagnostics & Labs, Maidstone Hospital, Kent and Canterbury Hospital (2) Ashford Hospital (3) Q.E. Hospital Margate, E. Kent NHS (3), Medway NHS Trust, Exeter Hospital, Guys Hospital, Portsmouth, West Birmingham NHS Trust (+PG Dip. Wolverhampton U.), University College London (+PG Dip. Westminster), Norfolk and Norwich Uni. Hospital, Wexham Park Hospital, Southampton Hospital, Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust, Chelmsford Hospital, Public Health Laboratory Service (2), Southend, John Radcliffe Hospital, Addenbrookes.
    Medical Laboratory Assistant
    - Medway NHS, Ashford NHS Trust, West Suffolk Hospital, Brighton University Hospital Trust, Imperial College NHS Trust, The Doctors Laboratory
    Assistant Healthcare Scientist William Harvey Hospital (2), Norfolk Trust University Hospital, Croydon Hosp.
    Emergency Medical Technician - E & N Herts NHS Trust Technical Support Officer - London Hosp. Associate Practitioner - Medway Trust, Support Worker - Chelsea Hosp.
  • Analyst: Abbott Murex, BSE Analyst: LGC, Microbiology Analyst: Thames Water, Aventis, Bioanalyst: GSK, Research Bioanalyst: Blackshaw Smith Klein.
  • Microbiologist: Pfizer, Revels, Eclipse Scientific, Rank Hovis McDougall, Wrafton Labs, PHLS, Cambridge Biosciences
  • Development Scientist - Allergy Therapeutics
  • Clinical Physiologist - E. Kent Hospitals Trust (plus BSc Clinical Physiology - Westminster Univ.)
  • Scientific Officer: Institute of Cancer Research
  • Technician: University of Kent, Shepherd Neame Brewers (2), Pfizer (2), ABCAN (2), Genzyme, Delphic Diagnostics, Satira, Sun Chemical, Genesis Diagnostics, Learning & Skills Council, Royal Veterinary College, Lurpack, ADT College, NHS, Cairn Research. Antibody Processing Tech'n: Remel, Agglutination Technician: Remel, Senior Research Technician (+PG Dip.): Cambridge University, Abbot Murex (EIA technician), GSK (compound management technician), GSK (vial inspection technician), Bio Products Labs (production technician), Martindale Pharmaceuticals (microbiology technician), Thermo Fisher (Scientific Agglutination Technician), Immunology Technician - Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Forensics Forensic Information Ass't - Kent Police, Scene of Crime DNA Analyst - LGC
  • Pharmacologist: Pfizer,
  • Formulation Scientist: Pfizer,
  • Biochemist: Covance,
  • Immunoassay Scientist: Cazart Bioscience,
  • Vaccine Production Scientist: Intervet Animal Health,
  • Quality Control/Assurance - PowderMed, Genzyme Biotech (2), Birmingham University Hospital
  • Purification Scientist: Lonza Biologics (2),
  • Liquid Sampling Handling Ass't: Pfizer,
  • Cardiac Physiologist: NHS,
  • Pharmacological Vigilance Officer: Healthcare Research Agency, Pharsafer
  • Project Co-ordinator: IS Healthcare Dynamics, Charles River Laboratories
  • Trainee Development Chemist - Church & Dwight UK Ltd.
  • Biopharmaceutical Engineer - GSK

Non-laboratory Science Jobs

  • Medical Sales Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Innovex, Dalichi Sankyo, Galen, Innovex, Viva Science.
  • Scientific Publishing: Editorial Assistant: Informa, Current Finds Group, Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Oxford University Press, Ashley Publications; Production Editor: Ashley Publications, Commissioning Editor: Future Science Group.
  • Clinical Data Co-ordinator/Analyst Luton NHS Trust, Quintiles, GSK, MDS Pharma.
    Clinical Research Associate:
    Orion Clinical,
    Regulatory Affairs Exec
    .: Orion Clinical,
    Drugs Trials Monitor
    : Icon Clinical Research,
    Market Researcher
    : Data Monitor,
    Marketing
    Assistant: Reaction/Wamnet,
    Clinical Safety Asst
    .: Novartis,
    Planning Co-ordinator:
    GSK.
    Medical Information Executive - Bayer
  • Conference Organiser - Select Biosciences (2), Conference Administrator: IBC, Events Organiser: Ethical Strategies, Events Assistant - Mencap
  • Technical Support Specialist - Johnson & Johnson
  • Dispensary Assistant - Paydens, Healthcare Supervisor - Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Wild Animal Keeper - Marwell Wildlife

OTHER JOBS

Finance Investment Analyst: Beeston Gregory, Customer Services: Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Barclays, IFDS Chartered Accountant: PWC, Assistant Auditor: National Audit Office, Financial Consultant: City Financial Partners, Finance Trainee: World Caribbean Cruises, Insurance Adviser: Endsleigh, Claims Handler: Hill House Hammond, Cashier: Barclays, HSBC Personal Banker: Barclays
Teaching, Lecturer: Christ Church,
Trainee Teacher GTP Secondary Science (2) - Sittingbourne Community College
Teaching Assistant
(4): Primary School, Berks LEA, Learning Support Ass't School (2).
TEFL:
English: Taiwan (2)
Computing Website Manager: Cross Over, Games Tester: Electronics Arts, IT Support - NHS, Promotion Demonstrator - Dell
Medical Secretary
- Chelmsford Hospital
RAF Officer
Property Negotiator: Foxtons Estate Agents,
Administrator
: Oxford University, Met. Police, NHS Professionals, HCL Legal Administrator - Immigration Advisory Service
Youth Leader: Essex Fire Brigade, Team leader: Prince's Trust,
Management trainee: MacDonalds, Sainsbury's,
Marketing Assistant: Pitman Training, Market Researcher: Harris Interactive, Telemarketing: Homesales, Help the Aged,

Creative Designer - Yell Adworks
Sales Executive:
Cosmos Holidays, Telemarketer Will Writing Services
Recruitment Consultant: Healthcare Locums, CK Associates, Pulse Staffing
Receptionist
Sports Sabbatical - Kent Union
Performance Staff - Theatre Royal Windsor
Care Assistant - Hestia Care
Chalet Assistant - YSE Ski, Chalet Host, Ski Representative - Crystal Ski, Family Ski Company - Ski School Helper
Sales Assistant: Game, Boots, Debenhams, Sainsbury, Tesco, M&S, ASDA, Model Zone, Selfridges, Mothercare, Next
Barman, Hairdresser, Waitress - Starbucks

Postgraduate Study

About 40% of bioscience graduates from Kent opt to do postgraduate study for a PhD or Master's degree. This is partly because grants are more easily available in the Sciences for postgraduate study than in the Arts or Social Sciences. It should be remembered though that postgraduate study is not an easy option and research for a PhD will require dedication and determination to see things through over a period of 3 or more years. It is becoming quite rare now for bioscience graduaets to enter a PhD without having done a Master's degree first. See our postgraduate study section www.kent.ac.uk/careers/postgradmenu.htm

Cancer Research UK http://science.cancerresearchuk.org offers about 25 funded PhD places per year (about £18,000 p.a.) They accept UK, EU and non-EU students. Closing date is usually late November and you need to be expecting a good 2:1 or first and must have some research experience.

Postgraduate Destinations

Cancer Biology Destinations

MSc Reproductive Medicine Destinations

MSc Science, Communication and Society Destinations

Who employs bioscientists?

INDUSTRY

  • Pharmaceutical - GSK, Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca etc.
  • Agrochemical - Akzo Nobel etc.
  • Cosmetics and Toiletries Industries
  • Food and Drink - Nestle, Cadbury-Schweppes etc.
  • Water Companies
  • Contract Laboratories

PUBLIC SECTOR

  • Hospitals
  • Health Protection Agency www.hpa.org.uk formerly the Public Health Laboratory Service. Diagnostic service for hospitals.
  • Blood Transfusion Service
  • Cancer Research Institutes
  • Civil Service Laboratories - agriculture and fisheries, forensic science, defence.
  • Research Council Laboratories -MRC/AFRC/NERC
  • Universities

Science Careers

For details of the wide range of science careers available including research, medicine, laboratory science, science teaching, medical sales, information technology, patent work, bioinformatics etc. see www.kent.ac.uk/careers/ScienceJobs.htm

chart of bioscience careers

Bioscience Information Sources

Bioscience Institutes, Associations and Societies

Bioscience Employers

See also

 

Once you have read this, visit the Careers Centre (in Keynes Driveway).

Bruce Woodcock - Careers Adviser for Bioscience

 

Last fully revised 2017