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Improving employability

Our graduates can take advantage of professional opportunities in a range of sectors from academic, industrial or environmental to medical and commercial.

In 2015, 86% of the School's graduates (who were available for work) reported that they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Employability advice

We have a dedicated Employability Advisor based in the School who will encourage you to explore the full range of opportunities within and beyond bioscience.

Services you can take advantage of include:

  • individual work experience consultations
  • CV and cover letter checking service
  • summer placement opportunities
  • support for professional training year applications
  • lectures, industry specific talks and tours

The opportunity to do a professional training year attracted me to Cardiff, because it would allow me to gain an insight into possible careers after graduating. It also enables me to gain valuable work experience that will enhance my CV.

Anna Burt, Zoology

Professional placement

Most of our degrees can be taken as a four year sandwich course. This allows you to spend your third year in relevant industry employment. We make every effort to ensure that your placement gives you the type of practical experience and training appropriate to your career aspirations.

Students have been placed in organisations such as:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • AstraZeneca
  • the Forensic Science Service
  • Bristol Cancer Research Centre
  • the Environment Agency
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
  • the Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew).

Placements for the Neuroscience degree are often in Europe or the USA, such as the Roskamp Institute, Florida, USA.