Careers and Support

Employability and Support

As well as an excellent degree from an internationally recognised university, we’ll provide you with the right skills and support to reach your potential. Our support and guidance covers:

  • Timetabled employability lectures, workshops and networking events
  • Support with CV writing/application/mock interviews
  • Monthly employability newsletter
  • Weekly Careers Centre drop-ins
  • Support with year-in-industry placements
  • Information about internships, summer placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Hosting employer events/workshops/guest speakers
  • Alumni networking events
  • Resources including placement brochures, careers literature, company information and work experience booklets
  • Visits to national placement and graduate fairs

Dedicated Employability team

The Faculty’s Employability and Professional Development Officer, ensures that students are aware of events and opportunities to increase their employability. These are publicised through regular lectures and monthly employability newsletters, packed full of information and links to help you develop your career.

Career module

The Employment, Career Planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists module includes valuable features; for example getting you up to strength on interview techniques and how to create a strong CV and covering letter. It will give you the crucial focus and time to consider your career direction. The module can boost confidence and has given students the know how to be successful with their future applications for placements, internships and postgraduate courses.

Mentoring scheme

We have over 70 mentors, which include Biological Science graduates that work in a wide range of roles. You will meet your mentor face to face and/or online. They will give you an insight into their career area, help you identify goals and career ideas and give you tips on applications and interviews.

Faculty careers events

We take personal development and career opportunities very seriously and the Faculty has a dedicated Employability Officer who works closeley with the careers centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placement opportunities.

We organise regular careers workshops designed especially for biological sciences students to help develop their career opportunities, including the annual Bioscience Careers Networking Event, offering a chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

Industrial Placement Year/Study Abroad Year

These year-long opportunities, offered on all our degree programmes, are highly valued by employers. An industrial placement will help give you the competitive edge and enhance your future employability, while studying abroad will enable you to discover a new culture, gain new perspectives on your subject.

Career networking events

This is your chance to meet employers one-to-one, find out about their industry and practise your networking skills. Events on offer in the Faculty include ‘Sports and Exercise Science Careers’, ‘Healthcare Careers’ and ‘What can I do with a Genetics Degree’. The University as a whole also offers the chance to network with employers through general careers fairs, internship fairs and, for example, the ‘Careers Making a Difference’ fair for students who would like to work with ethical, non-for-profit or public sector organisations.

Undergraduate career seminars

We run a series of undergraduate career seminars at which various representatives from biological science and sports science roles will explain their organisations and their career journeys.

Leeds for Life

At Leeds we have a unique scheme called Leeds for Life, designed to help you develop and prepare for the future.

University Careers Service

Our on-campus Careers Centre is one of the largest in the country, with experienced advisers and strong relationships with graduate recruiters.

Gaining Work Experience

Work experience is increasingly important in a competitive job market and Leeds offers many opportunities to develop valuable skills.

Industrial Advisory Board

Our Industrial Advisory Board gives employers the chance to input directly into programme and module content. This ensures that our programmes include appropriate training and skills so that our students and graduates are desirable to a broad range of graduate employers.

Join a global network of Leeds graduates

A remarkable variety of opportunities result from our relationships with our graduates, including access to the 'Leeds Network'.



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. There are also plenty of opportunities outside your studies to increase your chances of securing that all-important graduate job.

Our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects as their training opens up opportunities in scientific and non-scientific careers alike. Our programmes foster the development of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers throughout the world.

Biology courses:

  • Biology with Enterprise
  • Biology
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Zoology

Our biology graduates enter many different careers, including the pharmaceutical industry, agribusiness, environmental consultancy; conservation; agriculture - food and drink, animal and crop nutrition, animal and crop breeding, animal health, crop protection; education - museum, zoo, aquaria; media - scientific journalism, natural history filming; health service; genetics - counselling; biotechnology. Many go on to specialise through further study such as a Masters or PhD. Recent graduates can be found working as for example:

  • Research Bioscientist
  • Wildlife Film Maker
  • Biocontamination Technician
  • Senior Species Ecologist
  • Senior Plant Health and Seeds Inspector
  • Policy Adviser: International Biodiversity
  • Epidemiologist

Biomedical courses:

  • Human Physiology
  • Medical Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

Careers in the field of biomedical sciences are wide-ranging and employment prospects are excellent. Our courses cover a range of areas, including anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and are attractive to those who want to pursue careers relating to medicine, healthcare, physiotherapy, medical and paramedical training. Recent graduates can be found working as for example:

  • Drug Safety Scientist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Clinical Study Manager
  • Diabetes Care Specialist
  • Senior Clinical Research Associate
  • European Medical Affairs Manager
  • Medical Officer, RAF
  • Cardiac Physiologist
  • Head of Donor Programmes
  • Analytical Chemist

Molecular and Cellular Biology courses:

Careers in the field of molecular and cellular biology are wide-ranging. Career prospects are excellent our graduates, can be found working in the following areas: the pharmaceutical industry; medically related industries - clinical trials, hospital laboratories, biotechnology, forensic science, chemical industries; and the food, water, environmental and agrochemical sectors. Recent graduates can be found working as for example:

  • Research Scientist
  • Bioscientist
  • Transgenic Technologist
  • Biotechnology Specialist
  • Global Head of Research and Development
  • Chief Scientific Executive Officer
  • Lab Steward
  • Phlebotomist
  • Director of Computational Sciences

Sport Science courses:

Sport science at Leeds is a highly respected discipline. Our degrees prepare you for a variety of opportunities in scientific and non-scientific careers. In an increasingly competitive job market, they can give you the edge and help you stand out by developing the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of areas, including roles in:

  • Clinical support (cardiac physiology and exercise referral)
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational health
  • Coaching
  • Education and training
  • Providing technical expertise for major sport organisations
  • Scientific research in academia and industry