Undergraduate Careers

Careers and employability

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 2022.

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
  • NHS
  • Nuffield Health
  • RSPB
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • UK International Soccer
  • CP+R (Clinical Prevention and Rehabilitation)
  • Opta Sports

We also offer careers development skills development via the skills modules of each undergraduate degree course

Our services

Our dedicated team at the Faculty of Biological Sciences are here to help you improve your employability opportunities. Our support includes:

  • Regular career opportunities newsletters with the latest internships and jobs.
  • Social media updates and postings of relevant career opportunities.
  • CV writing workshops.
  • Interview preparations sessions.
  • Careers fairs through the year.
  • Personal study abroad tutor for study abroad students.
  • Personal year in industry tutor for year in industry students.
  • Graduate job advice.

If you would like to get in touch with our student opportunity team please email FBSEmployability@leeds.ac.uk.

Boost your employability

During your year abroad, you’ll become fully immersed in a different culture, meet new friends, get the chance to travel and explore, as well as develop yourself.

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A work placement is a chance to try out an industry you think you might be interested in for the future, or to concentrate on something you’re really passionate about for an extended amount of time.

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Summer internships are a fantastic way of gaining valuable experience within the workplace or a research environment without completely a full year in industry placement.

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If you’re interested in developing your business ideas, we are keen to support you in that. Our Spark schemes helps you set up your own business.

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The Laidlaw Scholarship aims to better equip students for the future by giving them a range of diverse and transferable skills that will help them succeed in the workplace and their future careers.

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Industrial placements and internships

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Top 5

most targeted by top employers

The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research

Lillie Bell
Staff | Year in Industry at AstraZeneca
Throughout my placement, I have been focused on designing assays to deconvolute the outcome of a high throughput screen looking for small molecule degraders of oncology targets.