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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
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
- Analytical and problem-solving. Examining and interpreting results and making evaluations based on limited information.
- IT and technology. Understanding and using computer software/models, processing data, using spreadsheets, word-processing and internet communication.
- Monitoring. Systematically recording chemical properties, events and changes;
- Teamwork. Undertaking group project work
- Time management and organisation. Planning and executing experiments, undertaking individual and team project work and completing your dissertation
- Written and oral communication. Sharing your research findings via written reports and oral presentations to different audiences, assimilating scientific theories and arguments for discussion and debate
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Analytical chemist
- Biomedical scientist
- Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
- Clinical research associate
- Forensic scientist
- Medicinal chemist
- Physician associate
- Research scientist (life sciences)
- Scientific laboratory technician
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP): Postgraduate training involving three years of work-based training, leading to an accredited master's degree and certification of achievement in one of nine themed pathways:
Further study at Loughborough University:
The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences offers a comprehensive range of postgraduate taught programmes across the areas of health science, sport performance and social sciences of sport, education and society:
SSEHS also offer Research degree opportunities within Biomedical Sciences:
Further study elsewhere:
Popular areas of Further Study:
This is according to Loughborough University’s DLHE Statistics between 2011/12 – 2013/14:
- MPhil - Biological Anthropology
- MPhil - Public Health
- MRes - Human Biology
- MSc - Exercise Physiology
- MSc - Medical Science
- MSc – Physiotherapy
- MSc - Sport & Exercise Nutrition
- MSc in Clinical Science
- PhD - Healthcare Engineering
- Teach First
Where do graduates go?
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, Human Biology and Materials Engineering.
Destinations from these similar subject areas include: GlaxoSmithKline, Ashfield Healthcare, Bio Products Laboratory Ltd, Birmingham Women's Hospital, British Triathlon, 3M, ACM Global Laboratories, Arcinova, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Chem Aqua, and EY.
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
- ABPI, case studies
- Generation Medics
- List of Biology Careers Resources
- Cogent Science Career Pathways
- NHS Careers: Healthcare Science
- Prospects, What can I do with my Biochemistry degree?
- RSC: 175 faces of chemistry
- RSC: A Future in Chemistry
- Sci - a multi-science and multidisciplinary forum where science meets business
- TargetJobs, what can I do with a biology degree?
- The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry careers page - contains case studies, lists of employers in the pharmaceutical sector, and advice on getting into industry.
- The Science Council - Working towards becoming a Registered Scientist
- Royal Society of Chemistry: Faces of Chemistry
- Vega Science Career Videos
- Careers after biological sciences
- Developing a career in Molecular and Cell Biology
Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs
We have produced a PDF containing links to useful websites to help you search for careers related to your degree. Click below to access the document:
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.
- STEM Graduates - Search for STEM specific graduate jobs.
- Ask in your department.
Biology specific websites:
Chemistry specific websites:
Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)
- The British Toxicology Society
- The Biochemical Society
- Biochemical Society
- Institute of Biomedical Scientists
- Royal Society of Biology
- The Academy of Medical Sciences
- The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
- The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
- The Royal Society of Chemistry
- The Society for General Microbiology
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:
- BBSRC - biosciences for the future – useful for doing research prior to interview; also info on research grants, studentships etc.
- The British Interactive Group
- British Science Association
- Careers After Biological Sciences
- Chemistry World
- Workforce planning for health, public health and social care
- Health & Care Professions Council
- I want to work in...Science
- NERC - The National Envorinment Research Council.
- New Scientist
- NHS Careers
- Pharmiweb - Useful for news stories from the industry.
- The Royal Society of Chemistry
- Society of Experimental Biology