Tom McAndrew, Careers Consultant for Natural Sciences

What can I do with my degree?

Natural Sciences

The Career Zone have produced a guide: Careers for Natural Sciences graduates

With a Natural Sciences degree from the University of Exeter, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the scientific concepts required to explain the natural world
  • Gain understanding of the fundamentals of physical, biological and mathematical sciences
  • Apply scientific methodology and techniques
  • Work in multidisciplinary project groups
  • Use the skills and knowledge required to undertake interdisciplinary research
  • Take advantage of the growing demand in research organisations, industry and business for graduates who are able to work in multidisciplinary scientific environments
  • Analyse and solve problems and make decisions
  • Complete practical work
  • Work in teams 
  • Use mathematical and analytical skills 
  • Work independently and become a scientific thinker
  • Communicate ideas effectively
  • Manage projects
  • Debate and reflect on the effects of new scientific developments on society and individuals.

What can you do with your Natural Sciences degree?

Specific knowledge gained from studying Natural Sciences is important if you want to pursue a career in Scientific Research and Development or Scientific Analysis, Testing and Investigation. It will also be very useful if you wish to pursue a career where scientific knowledge is important but where you are not employed as a scientist, for example as a  Patent  Examiner.   Some occupations may be open to Natural Sciences graduates straight from their degree, others after a period of postgraduate study.

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

University of Exeter Links 

Professional Institutions and Organisations relating to Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences in the Workplace

The following are examples of occupations which will use aspects of your Natural Sciences degree :

The Following are examples of jobs where your degree would be useful:

In addition, graduates from Natural Science could enter any occupation open to numerate graduates and graduates from any discipline.