What can I do with a bioscience degree?
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It is never too early to think about a science career once you graduate.
With growing interest and investment in biosciences, driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, many new opportunities and projects will emerge in scientific research and development worldwide over the next few years.
From laboratory testing to teaching and management, there are lots of options where you can take the skills you'll build during your studies. Read on to discover more.
Bioscience-based degrees are a gateway to a wide range of exciting roles and career opportunities. They can lead to research and roles in clinical settings in biomedical science, forensic science and analytical biochemistry. They can even open up pathways where you can apply your knowledge in science marketing and communications, teaching or medical writing.
RESPONDING TO COVID-19
The response to the Covid-19 pandemic required expertise from a wide range of scientific backgrounds. It is a useful illustration of some of the career paths and roles you can consider as a science graduate.
DEVELOPING AND PROCESSING TESTS
Diagnostic testing has been vital in to helping to contain the spread of Covid-19, as well as helping plan treatment for hospital patients. At the start of the pandemic, Virologists around the world worked on developing a diagnostic test to detect SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19). Biomedical Scientists process patients' samples in laboratories to determine whether they have the virus.
Anti-viral drugs are used to treat Covid-19 patients to prevent the virus from multiplying and increase their chance of survival. Pharmaceutical Scientists helped to discover which existing drugs can effectively treat Covid-19. They are also continue to develop, test and manufacture new drugs designed to specifically treat Covid-19 and emerging variants.
Developing an effective Covid-19 vaccine to immunise a large proportion of the population was essential for keeping the virus in check. Vaccine researchers worked on developing, conducting clinical trials, and continue to produce new vaccines to target emerging variants.
MAPPING THE VIRUS SPREAD
Monitoring the spread of Covid-19 has been essential to informing lockdown and social distancing policies, as well as help to identify new virus variants. Epidemiologists monitor case numbers and map patterns to understand how quickly the virus is spreading. Public health scientists advise policy makers on strategies to reduce the spread of the virus. Biomedical scientists carry out genotype testing on positive Covid-19 samples to test for concerning variants.
RESEARCHING THE ORIGINS
Understanding where the virus came from and how it spread is important to global health security and reducing the threat of future variants or other new viruses. Epidemiologists investigate the patterns of spread from the earliest confirmed cases and test samples to map the virus’ mutations. Zoonotic disease specialists research how the virus may have jumped the species barrier to be able to infect humans.
EDUCATING THE PUBLIC
Educating the public about best hygiene practices and enforcing rules such as lockdown measures, social distancing and mask wearing has been essential to controlling the spread of the virus. Public health scientists translate specialised health information into more digestible public education campaigns to reach as many people as possible.
Biochemists are in demand in sports science, healthcare, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industries. Recent course alumni have secured roles in hospitals working on clinical trials in the metabolism sections, and at large pharmaceutical companies.
We offer a specialised Biochemistry course, where you can also take your studies stateside with a year in the USA.
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A biological sciences degree can open-up career pathways in biomedicine, research or teaching. You could find roles at pharmaceutical companies, environment agencies, hospitals, forensic laboratories, and clinical trials companies.
Available with standard and foundation year entry pathways, our biological sciences degree gets to the very heart of life. You also have the opportunity to take your studies stateside with at our partner institution, the University of Toledo in the USA.
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Choose our IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science degree course and focus your knowledge on medicine and the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases. Our Biomedical Science degree can also open up postgraduate progression into areas such as medicine.
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A Chemistry degree is a gateways to career opportunities in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and brewing industries. Choose our course for an all-round knowledge-building experience.
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Human Biology and Infectious Diseases
Specialise your studies on virology and disease transmission with our unique Human Biology and Infectious Diseases degree. Our graduates have used it secure roles with organisations such as AstraZeneca, Cancer Research UK, and the NHS.
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Develop the skills understand complex ocean ecosystems and how to best protect them by studying Marine Biology. As a graduate, you can enter a wide range of career paths ranging from marine life conservation and management to science communication.
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Choose to study Pharmaceutical Science, and you will learn how to make new materials, analyse scenarios, cure diseases, and lead the scientific response against pollution. You will also be ready for a role in the growing pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry.
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Focus your studies on the animal kingdom with our Zoology degree. You will understand more about animals, their behaviour, their interactions with each other, and the environment.
Zoology graduates can enter a wide range of vocations in biological or life sciences. These include careers in areas such as zoo work, wildlife conservation and management, and science communication and publishing.
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