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Science, R&D

This sector is very wide ranging offering jobs in both R&D and scientific services. The research jobs are mainly, but not solely open to graduates with PhD level qualifications. Industry sectors advertising for Exeter graduates and postgraduates range from manufacturing to the defence related organisations.

For many other jobs it can useful to follow your first degree with a more specialised taught masteres course. Careers information about jobs in the environment can be found on our Environmental work and animal care/behaviour webpage and  information about patent work in on the Information, Patent and Library page. 

You can also download a list of Employers of Exeter graduates in science and mathematics.

Career Zone Employability Schemes

These employability schemes can help increase your work experience and networks in this area.

  • Career Zone Internship schemes: Internships can be extremelyuseful, so try to get relevant vacation work or placements.  
  • Ask an Alum: A fuss-free way to connect with University of Exeter alumni to ask careers questions.  
  • Career Mentor Scheme: A popular employability scheme which matches a student or graduate with an experienced professional, for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance, over a 6-month period. 
  • Professional Pathways - a suite of sectorspecific training courses and paid week-long internships that take place in June.  

Information Resources


Life Sciences:

National Newspapers (Online) - Science, Engineering and Technology Vacancies on particular days

If you would like to pursue postgraduate study before entering your chosen sector, please visit our Postgraduate Study information page for more information about choosing further study. 

It can often be useful to gain postgraduate qualifications in the relevant subject area if your undergraduate degree is in a different topic but, beware, there are many courses on the market, and they are not all equally successful in getting you that "dream job". You can always complement your degree with professional qualifications to show your commitment towards the industry (see Professional Bodies section).