Careers Network

Explore career options

School of Science

Natural Sciences

You might find the following webpages useful depending on your chosen career pathway:

Slides from our 2021 Graduate Entry Medicine presentation can be found here:

Your careers team

Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the teams

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Gain understanding of the scientific concepts required to explain the natural world
  • Develop understanding of the fundamentals of physical, biological and mathematical sciences
  • Work in multidisciplinary project groups
  • Analyse and solve problems and make decisions
  • Complete practical work
  • Use mathematical and analytical skills 
  • Work independently and in teams and become a scientific thinker
  • Communicate ideas effectively

Career options

Careers which will use aspects of your Natural Sciences degree :

Careers where your degree would be useful:

Further study

Popular areas of Further Study:

Popular areas of further study for science students are given on the links at the top of the page, a few relevant course choices from 2017 include:

  • MSc Construction Project Management,
  • MSc Global Health and Management
  • MSc Globalisation and Cities,
  • MSc Industrial Mathematical Modelling
  • MSc Internet Computing and Network Security
  • MSc Materials Science and Technology
  • MSc Space Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Renewable Energy Systems Technology
  • Sound Engineering

Some students will go on to complete vocational qualifications such as Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Graduate-Entry Medicine, Law or Veterinary Medicine.

Further study at Loughborough University:

Many students stay on to complete Master’s and PhDs at Loughborough University, and you can find further information about the courses available here

Further study elsewhere:

Where do graduates go?

Employers are increasingly looking for graduates with expertise in multiple science subjects. A degree in Natural Sciences can prepare you well for a variety of different career paths.

This course was new for 2018 and as such there are no direct graduates just yet. However, you can see the destinations of graduates from related programmes under ‘Options with your degree’; choose programmes such as Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biological Sciences, Human Biology and Materials Engineering.

Destinations from these similar subject areas include: GlaxoSmithKline; 3M; Fujitsu UK; Lubrizol; Pirelli; Unilever; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Argos; Barrier Energy; BUPA; Key Forensic Services Ltd; Home Office; National Nuclear Laboratory; Nova Nordish; Shell Global Solutions; Lyons Seafoods Ltd and Havas Life Medicom.

Further information

For more information on companies graduates work for, industry links and career opportunities, visit the subject area page of the University website.  You can also find out what our students say in our student stories of personal journeys through and beyond Loughborough and track the career journeys and Loughborough experiences of some of our alumni.

Resources to research career areas

The following links to Prospects will give you further ideas about career options.

You can find further links within the other departmental pages:

Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs

Students have the option of taking a year-long placement in industry which provides an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and technical skills further. We will deliver talks in your department and offer one-to-one appointments to help you with the recruitment process for this. You will also receive regular “Science: Your Careers Update” emails from Claire Tidmarsh-Brown. These will include graduate jobs, internships, placements, work experience and upcoming events tailored to your school.

Additionally, we advertise many opportunities for summer internships and encourage students to gain experience valuable in the workplace through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, committee memberships, work-shadowing and part-time work.

  • Careers Online - Our website for vacancies and opportunities and internally through your department.
  • Year In Industry – This organisation can help match you to industrial placements. It's free to use for our students.           
  • Gradcracker - Search for internships, placements and graduate opportunities.
  • TargetJobs - Browse opportunities, career sectors, internships and careers advice.
  • Prospects - Search for graduate jobs.
  • Talentview Construction free to use recruitment platform for a range of opportunities in the Construction industry

  • STEM Graduates - Search for STEM specific graduate jobs.
  • Ask in your department.

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies:

Sector and labour market information (LMI):

It is a good idea to follow news and developments within the sector you are interested in, and also to follow news in general to consider how other news stories can impact on your job sector. This is important as it helps not only with your professional development, but commercial awareness questions are often asked at job interviews for undergraduate roles. Consider using social media to follow organisations which appeal to you, as they will give relevant, up-to-date sources of information. Below are some links you may find useful: