School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Employability

You will have excellent career prospects with a BSc from Queen Mary. The latest data shows that 92 per cent* of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary for our graduates within six months of graduation is £25,000.

Queen Mary Careers Office

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, 2016/17

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

Recent Employers

Organisations employing our recent graduates include:

GlaxoSmithKline Barts Cancer Institute PwC
Forestry Commission Guy's Hospital National Blood Service
Barts Health NHS Trust UBS Proctor and Gamble
Queen Elizabeth Hospital The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health Charing Cross Hospital
EY Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust The Wolfson Institute
Northwest London Healthcare Trust London Wildlife Trust KPMG
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Genomics England Deloitte
All Hallows Hospital National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Great Ormond Street Hospital
London Imaging Centre Princess Alexandra Hospital Hammersmith Medicines Research
Public Health England Institute of Cancer Research Burgess Autistic Institute

Graduate roles 

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

Analytical Chemist Assistant Psychologist Assistant Healthcare Specialist
Biochemist Chemistry Teacher Chemistry Technician
Clinical Trials Associate Clinical Trials Practitioner Data Scientist
Graduate Financial Management Financial Planning Analyst Medical Laboratory Assistant
Mental Health Support Worker Pharmacy Technician Psychological Counsellor
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Research Assistant Research Technician
Senior Auditor Shadowing Clinical Psychologist Science Technician
Synthetic Chemist Technology Consultant Embryology Associate
Trainee Cardiac Clinical Scientist Genetic Technologist Senior Chemist
Head of Translational Research Plant Biochemist Student Health Psychologist
Lecturer in Conservation and Ecology Assistant Ranger Medical Devices Analyst

*Data in both tables obtained from last five years SBCS alumni database

In addition to going into employment after graduation, many of our students also go on to postgraduate study, doing a Masters or PhD or gaining entry to a graduate medical school programme.