Careers and employability


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In an increasingly competitive job market, our degrees can give you the edge and help you stand out by developing the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. From day one you’ll be supported and encouraged to prepare for your career by our dedicated student opportunity team who work closely with the University’s Careers Centre. There are also plenty of opportunities outside your studies to increase your chances of securing that all-important graduate job.

Excellent career prospects

Our graduates have an excellent reputation amongst employers. The University is one of the UK’s top 10 universities targeted by employers according to the High Fliers report 2020.

We also featured in the UK’s top 10 for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Career Events

We take personal development and career opportunities very seriously and the Faculty has a dedicated student opportunity team who work closely with the Careers Centre.

We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. Key events inlcude:

  • Sport sciences networking events and STEM careers fairs; giving you the chance to meet employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get lots of information
  • Annual student-alumni networking event; where graduates are invited back to talk about their work and network with our students

Our events give you the opportunity to be seen by graduate employers and to discuss your potential career options. We attract bioscience employers such as:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Labcorp Drug Development (formerly Covance)
  • NHS
  • Nuffield Health
  • RSPB
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • UK International Soccer
  • CP+R (Clinical Prevention and Rehabilitation)
  • Opta Sports

We also offer a career-specific module to give you dedicated time to focus on employability and skills development.

Close links with industry

Your learning will be directly influenced by industry, ensuring you develop all the relevant skills and training required by graduate bioscience employers.

Our Industrial Advisory Board gives employers the chance to input directly into course and module content, and reinforces the strong relationships we have.

Industrial placements and study abroad

All our degree courses offer you the opportunity to carry out a year in industry or study abroad year.

These options are valued by employers and are a fantastic opportunity to enhance your university experience and your CV.