After studying Biology at St Andrews, students are well prepared to become the next generation of managers and scientists and managers delivering research and scientific expertise in academic, industry, governments and non-governmental organisations. A degree in Biology also provides students with transferable skills applicable to a wide range of scientific and non-scientific careers.
Graduates have gone on to find success in a wide variety of careers in research, industry and business. For example:
- professional biologists in biological research, conservation, higher education, and the pharmaceutical and biomedical and other industries
- researchers and advisers in government
- advisers, researchers and managers in the National Health Service
- forensic scientists
- management consultants
- marketing and advertising experts.
See recent graduate employment case studies.
Many recent Biology PhD graduates have continued their academic careers working as postdoctoral researchers in laboratories worldwide, including research groups at prestigious universities.
PhD graduates have found employment with varied organisations, such as:
- Physiological Society
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
- Wellcome Trust
- Havor Conservation Trust.
In addition to working in social, behavioural, biomolecular, ecological, environmental, marine and virology research environments, the School of Biology’s PhD graduates have secured posts in areas as diverse as higher education management, teaching, publishing and journalism, the charitable sector, the food and biotechnology industries, the police and the BBC.