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Our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of successful and rewarding careers.

We support students to develop the scientific knowledge, hands-on experience, and transferable skills required by employers in today’s global job market.

From cancer researchers to carnivore keepers, environmentalists to science bloggers, our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of successful and rewarding careers.

Our students have an excellent reputation for finding employment after they graduate. Our most recent data shows that 93% of our graduates were in employment or further studies within six months of graduation.

A significant proportion of our graduates go on to study a PhD or master’s degree, while many others enjoy successful careers in science-related fields such as research and development, conservation, environmental management, medical research, scientific publishing, public health and wildlife management, amongst many others.

A bioscience degree can act as a stepping-stone to further training in professional areas including teaching, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary science. Our graduates also have many transferable skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers in other industries.

Graduate stories

Clare Baranowski

I applied for a place on Cardiff’s Zoology course in order to pursue my dreams of becoming an environmentalist. The skills I developed through my degree and extra-curricular activities whilst at Cardiff University have been integral to building my career to date.

Clare Baranowski, Marine Biologist
Mike Reynolds

Through my Cardiff undergraduate Zoology degree and subsequent PhD, I was essentially trained to be a well-rounded scientist – to critically evaluate the work of others and find gaps within the literature to develop interesting research hypotheses. The skills developed here enabled quick progression into my current role as a Senior Epidemiologist at Public Health England’s TB Unit.

Mike Reynolds, Senior Epidemiologist
Sophie Banerjee

I’d always wanted to do Medicine, but unfortunately didn’t get in the first time. I heard about the Graduate Entry to Medicine (GEM), so decided to give it a go, applying again after getting a degree in Neuroscience. I really enjoyed the course modules which had been tailored to the GEM course and we had supportive lecturers to help us prepare for the interview process. I have now qualified as a doctor and got my first job in a hospital.

Sophie Banerjee, Doctor

Careers advice

The University offers a Careers and Employability Service that is open to students, postgraduate students and graduates up to two years after graduation. It offers a range of services to help you get the most out of your degree (and your future), including:

  • employability masterclasses - CVs, covering letters and applications
  • one-to-one advice sessions with qualified careers advisers
  • the Cardiff Award employability scheme
  • work experience schemes and advice
  • careers fairs and employer-led events to enable networking with top graduate employers.