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Careers and employability

You will have excellent career prospects with a BSc from Queen Mary. The latest data show that 94 per cent* of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation.

Our graduates go into a range of sectors, including clinical and laboratory work, as well as postgraduate research and study and science communication. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance.

*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14

Preparing you for the future 

Queen Mary graduates are highly employable, and our graduates are consistently in the top ten nationally for starting salaries (source: The Times and Sunday Times University League tables). 

Our biological, chemical and biomedical programmes will give you practical lab experience, as well as advanced scientific understanding. Our biological programmes offer practical experience of fieldwork, a great advantage for those interested in conservation or research. 

All our programmes, including Psychology BSc, will give you experience of experimental and sampling design, hypothesis generation and testing. 

You will develop a range of skills during your degree that will help you in whichever pathway you choose, including communication, IT skills, presenting, reporting, team-work, research and analysis.

“Besides good teaching and research, [QMUL] is one of the best universities for student employability and graduate starting salaries.”
Guardian University Guide 2015

Our links with industry

We have well-established research and teaching links with institutions such as the Natural History Museum and Kew Gardens, as well as close links to industry partners such as GlaxoSmithKline and the Environment Agency.

Careers information and guidance

The Careers Team is dedicated to educating, advising and connecting QMUL students and recent graduates to employers. Their services expand your awareness of professional opportunities and teach job search skills that can be applied throughout your career and include: one-to-one appointments for CV checking and mock interviews; tailored workshops; employer-led events; and recruitment support for internships part-time jobs and work placements. You will have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant with expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in their field. 

Enterprise 

Students and graduates across QMUL start new business and social ventures each year. Some make money, others make a positive social impact and many do both. In all cases, these projects help you to design your own work experience that demonstrates the enterprise skills sought by employers. The team provides support for students and recent graduates through funding, one-to-one advice at any stage of developing your business, workshops, workspace, access to experts and entrepreneurial networks. 

Where do you see yourself?

Organisations employing our recent graduates include: 

  • Biochemical Society
  • ClinTec International
  • Deutsche Bank
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Guy’s Hospital
  • National Blood Service
  • NHS England
  • NHS Trust
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Royal Free Hospital

Graduate roles 

Below is a representative sample of professional roles our recent graduates have gone onto: 

  • Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Biochemist
  • Case Handler
  • Clinical Project Assistant
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Graduate Financial Management
  • Hospital Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Resourcing Consultant
  • Science Journalist
  • Synthetic Chemist
  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist 

94% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation.  Many of our students also go onto to postgraduate studying doing a Masters or PhD or gain entry to a graduate medical school programme.

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