This guide will show you what you can do with your degree and where to look for jobs using your scientific skills.

Getting Started: Know Your Options


Do you want to work in a lab? Do you want to work in a science-related role outside the lab? Do you want to do something outside the sciences using your transferable skills?

Explore career options related to your degree, as well as options where your skills would be useful: prospects.ac.uk/Links/Options

Explore job profiles by sector or job title: prospects.ac.uk/Links/Occupations
If you’re interested in working in a lab, in addition to the resources below, you might also be interested in our lab-specific guide “How to Find Work Experience in a Lab”.

If you’re interested in work outside the sciences, remember that many employers recruit students and graduates from any degree discipline, so don’t limit yourself to the options below. You might also be interested in our guides listed under the “Job searching, placements and work experience” section.

Ways to Find Scientific Work Experience:

Through the University: 


Enhanced Third Term:

Engage with credit-bearing projects within the May-June teaching period, with emphasis on activities which support development of skills and employability. 

Jobs4Students:
Find general and faculty-specific opportunities, including assisting in lab research projects. 

Moodle and email:
Some recruiters may advertise directly with an academic department, so make yourself familiar with Moodle announcements. You may also hear of opportunities throughout the year via forwarded emails from staff, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Networking:
Attend our careers fairs and employer events to meet employers and get the inside scoop on applications and more. Find events here: mmu.ac.uk/careers/events
Speak with your tutors or other staff members. They may know of potential vacancies, who you should speak to, or even offer you some work themselves.

Societies:
Many learned societies offer annual careers conferences and regional events. They may also advertise placements and internships.

Volunteering:
Find opportunities on Manchester Met's Student's Union volunteering portal.

Through Scientific Careers Information and Vacancy Websites:


Here is a non-exhaustive list of websites with scientific careers information and/or vacancies, from general to subject-specific. For information on lab-specific vacancies, in addition to the below, see our “How to Find Work Experience in a Lab” guide

My Career Hub: 
Part-time work, internships, placements, graduate schemes and more.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI): 
A great resource for researching companies and roles in pharmaceuticals.

BioIndustry:
Information about the UK bioscience sector.

Careerscene: 
Biomedical science and laboratory medicine vacancies.

Cogent:  
Includes the Industrial Placements Service and graduate opportunities.

Environmental Jobs:  
International environmental and green jobs.

Food Manufacture Jobs:  
Scientist jobs in the food industry. Key companies to target in the North West include Kellogg’s, Warburtons and McVitie’s.

Gradcracker: 
Careers website for science, engineering, maths and technology students, advertising placements, internships, and graduate jobs, and has an employer database.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership: 
Three-way partnership between a business, academic institution and graduate, allowing a graduate to work on a degree-related project and receive further training.

Nature Jobs:  
Information about scientific careers, as well as a science jobs board.

New Scientist: 
Vacancies and careers advice.

NHS Vacancies: 
Search by location, type of work and register for jobs by email. Find information about a career in health.

Northwest Science Information: 
Information about scientific careers and finding opportunities, including work experience.

Research Gate: 
Research-related vacancies.

Science Careers: 
Careers advice, employer profiles and vacancies.

UK Science Parks:  
Includes members of science parks and job vacancies.

Year In Industry:
Placements for students in all areas of science, with top UK companies.

Note: For more job-seeking advice and links, see our guides listed under the “Job searching, placements and work experience” section. Many of the resources will have filters to narrow to your field.

Through Scientific Recruitment Agencies:


There are a number of recruitment agencies specialising in scientific opportunities. Agencies can arrange short-term placements of between four and six months, which can give you the practical experience you need and may lead to a permanent job.

Some will have opportunities geared more towards experienced candidates, but it can still be useful to look at these vacancies, as they can give you an idea of career progression.

Scientific recruitment agencies include:


You can also search Recruitment Agencies via sector and location at rec.uk.com.

Through Volunteering, Networking, and Other Work Experience:

Through Speculative Applications: 


You can proactively approach scientific employers to inquire about opportunities. This means that you could find an unadvertised opportunity (less competition!), or they may keep you on file for when they do have vacancies. See below for a range of links to use to find potential organisations.

Through Professional Bodies:


These websites can be helpful for vacancies and keeping up with professional developments. Examples include:

Produce a useful booklet “Next Steps : Options after a Bioscience Degree”

Information and a range of opportunities in physics and engineering

Through Research Councils:


Research Councils, who fund a lot of research in the UK, also advertise opportunities. The website for UK research councils is ukri.org and science-related Research Councils include:

Careers and Employability Service Support

Get in touch:

For further advice on your job search, get in touch with the Science & Engineering Careers team via email secareers@mmu.ac.uk or 0161 247 3483.

The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates. 


Detailed Careers Guides
: Our full range of careers guides, including information on finding and applying for opportunities are available on our website.

Ask a Careers Question: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.

Book a 30 minute appointment: Discuss your career options with a Careers and Employability Consultant. All you need to do to book in is call us on 0161 247 3483.

For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers.

Careers and Employability Support

We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:


For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers