Life Sciences What can I do with a degree in…..

What can I do with a degree in…..
Life Sciences
Employers prize our students for their transferable skills, knowledge and employability.
In 2015, Warwick was in the top three of Britain’s Top 100 Graduate recruiters
In addition to subject-specific knowledge of biological systems and concepts, you will develop a range of
practical and technical skills and learn how to use specialist techniques and technical equipment. A biology
degree also develops more general skills, which are attractive to employers in all sectors, including:
 Communication skills - through report writing and presentations
 Team working skills - through group projects and seminars
 Organisational skills
 Ability to confidently handle diverse data and to draw conclusions
 Problem-solving, project and time management skills
 Self-reliance, initiative and business awareness
What do Warwick Life Sciences Graduates do?
86.3% of students were in jobs or further study 6 months after graduation in 2013. Examples of jobs include:
 Microbiology Lab Technician
 Technical Operator
 Commissioning System Controller
 Analyst
 Lab Assistant
 Surveyor
 Graduate Management Trainee
 Cell Sciences Graduate Internship
 Logistic Technician
 Research Technician
 Director of a Social Enterprise
 Technologist
 Warehouse & Supply Chain Executive
 Centre Co-ordinator
 Business Development Specialist Intern
 PhD student
 Therapy Representative
 Clinical Research Associate
 Business development consultant
 Journal Developer
 English teacher
 Drug Safety Scientist
 Procurement analyst
 Graduate Research Assistant
 Intern
 Community & Events Fundraising
Graduate Recruiters tell us that what they want from applicants is:
A good degree from a good university
Work Experience
Involvement in extra-curricular activities
The ability to describe and articulate their unique achievements and skills
What do our Life Science students say?
“When I first started university I was not quite sure what I wanted to do for a career so the broadness of the
Biological Sciences course was ideal. I am currently enjoying an intercalated year at a major pharmaceutical
company with my work based around clinical trials. With this experience and the course being so flexible I am
now able to return to university with tailored final year modules to suit a career in the pharmaceutical
Andrew Armstrong, BSc Biological Sciences with Intercalated Year
“My Microbiology and Virology degree has been the best experience of my life and Warwick University has
enabled me to reach my full potential.
Jenni Shepherd , BSc Microbiology and Virology
“The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme was a fantastic opportunity to utilise the skills developed
during my degree and the advanced facilities have allowed me to contribute towards the cutting edge
research performed here. I feel this learning experience has benefited me greatly for future prospects
including studying for a PhD.”
Michael Chow, BSc Biochemistry
What do our Life Science graduates say?
“The BSc in Biochemistry gave me a strong technical background in research methods and practice, and a
good understanding of the statistics and epidemiology that underpin much of the work that I now do. The
degree also enabled me to reason scientifically which has been particularly helpful when reviewing evidence which is a key part of my role in being able to provide technical support. The lectures I attended at
Warwick covered a wide range of topics and were often given by leaders in their field- this gave me a wider
insight into the potential career paths that use Biochemistry and initiated my interest in Public health.”
Rachel Evans, Nutrition Officer with Save the Children, BSc Biochemistry (2009)
Student Careers & Skills
Life Science Career Profiles
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