Human and Health Sciences

Becoming Qualified, Chartered and Accredited

Case studies


In a recent research conducted by BASES (British Association of Sports and Exercise Scientists), it was found that 45% of graduates secured their current employment through contacts and speculative approaches to customers. So networking should be a key part of your job search strategy.

Sports Professional Bodies

Other Bioscience-related Professional Bodies

Sources of further information

Most of these web sites have pages dedicated to careers and general information.

Membership of the relevant institutions and attendance at conferences and workshops are very important for the following reasons:

  • It demonstrates enthusiasm for the academic and research activities carried out by the organisation
  • It provides those interested in academic careers with an opportunity to network with established academics at conferences
  • Identifying research supervisors / mentors
  • Access to relevant careers information
  • Deliver presentations on research projects you are currently engaged with
  • Help you find your next job


The following publications are available for reference use at our Cavendish House information room.

  • Breakthrough - Your guide to careers in the pharmaceutical Industry 2007
  • Career Basics - Advice and Resources for Scientists from
  • A Career In Medicine: Do you have what it takes?
  • Careers for Scientific Types & Others with Inquiring Minds
  • Careers with a Science Degree
  • Critical Paths - 12 inspiring cases of ethical careers in science and technology
  • How to get a job in Medicine
  • New Scientist - Graduate Careers Special
  • Working in Health and Social Care

Application hints and tips

Applications for science jobs can involve completing the employer's own application form or submitting a CV and cover letter.

As with any application it is important that it is tailored to the particular position being applied for, providing specific evidence of appropriate skills, knowledge and interests.

As well as the technical knowledge and skills gained through study, potential candidates will need to show evidence of the following at both the application and interview stage:

  • Practical laboratory skills
  • Research skills
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Experimentation
  • Report writing
  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Time management and priority setting
  • Genuine enthusiasm for your subject area

These can also be demonstrated through work experience and extra-curricular activities.

Relevant work experience can be particularly important including year placements or vacation work, and in some fields can quicken your path to professional status. However, any work experience is useful, especially if you can demonstrate that you've developed relevant skills (eg IT, teamworking, presentation).

Student membership of a relevant Professional Body is a great way to show your interest in your subject and keep up to date with developments in your field.

Career advancement is normally dependent on a combination of taking further relevant qualifications, experience and high levels of performance. It is therefore important that you mention your willingness to learn and commitment to Continuous Professional Development.

Writing successful science-based job applications

Interviews remain the predominant selection method, although larger employers may also use psychometric tests, sector related group tasks, aptitude tests or assess how candidates interact in social settings.

Further general advice on applications, interviews and assessment centres can be found elsewhere on our website.

Other options

You will have gained a range of useful skills through your Biosciences degree, employment or extra-curricular activities:

  • Research
  • Problem solving
  • Critically analysing information
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Working in teams
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Project management
  • Writing project proposals
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Objectivity
  • Numeracy

These skills can be transferred to a range of careers within both the public and private sector which could include science based roles such as medical sales and journalism through to IT, management consultancy and finance.

As with most career options, you will need to demonstrate an interest in the field through work experience or other extra-curricular activities. Some will require postgraduate qualification.

New Scientist options with your science degree