Careers

One of the great advantages of having a biology degree from the University of Aberdeen is that it provides you with a very broad range of skills to offer employers.

Not only do we train students in scientific methodology in the laboratory and in the field, we incorporate what we call 'graduate attributes' into the whole curriculum. Employers now expect an impressive list of skills, knowledge and experience in their graduate recruits and we aim to help you acquire these.

Students in the School of Biological Sciences have the opportunity to collaborate with external organisations, for example whilst undertaking an Honours or MSci project. In addition to allowing you to develop a valuable link with a potential employer, this gives you the opportunity to experience the application of your learning in the 'real world' and to develop a range of skills such as communication, working with others, use of specialist IT and time management, all of which will make you a more effective employee following graduation.

Many career possibilities are open to graduate biologists. As well as being prepared for PhDs, Masters degrees or employment in many areas of biological sciences, biologists find employment in ecology, environmental impact, healthcare, molecular biology, conservation and land management, including forest management, climate change, biological modelling, scientific publishing, TV, support to government, teaching in colleges, universities and schools, public education (zoos, museums, nature reserves, scientific societies etc.), biomedical sciences and a host of other professions.


Meet our graduates

Jill Cairns

Jill Cairns

BSc Soil Science - Graduated 1999

From Aberdeen via Cote d'Ivoire, the Philippines and Mexico, Jill is now leading maize physiology research in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Ewan McInness Campbell

Ewan McInnes Campbell

BSc Zoology - Graduated 2001

After two years living in the Amazon rainforest and completing a PhD back in Aberdeen, Ewan now works in the school as a Research Fellow involved in research to help manage and control the major pest of honeybees, Varroa destructor.

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Kathryn Adams

Kathryn Adams

BSc Ecology

Kathryn is the Environmental and Compliance Officer for Keenan Recycling Ltd. and maintains all their operating procedures associated with the environmental licences that they work under.

Fiona Mathieson

Fiona Mathieson

BSc Zoology

Fiona is a Countryside Ranger with the National Trust for Scotland doing conservation and education work.

Ian Sargent

Ian Sargent

BSc Ecology

Ian works for Scottish Natural Heritage and was previously a Ranger at Aigas Field Centre near Inverness, leading wildlife walks and working on captive breeding programs.

Julie Tuck

Julie Tuck

BSc Environmental Biology

Julie is an Environmental Advisor for Scottish Water. Prior to that she was Freshwater Scientist in the Ecology Advisory Unit of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

Giles Mackey

Giles Mackey

BSc Zoology

Giles is a Socially Responsible Investment Manager with British Petroleum.

Jake Snaddon

Jake Snaddon

BSc Tropical Environmental Science

Jake did a PhD at Cambridge University studying birds nest ferns in the Malaysian tropical forest canopy. He is now a Research Fellow at Oxford University investigating biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas.

Joao de Souza

Joao de Souza

BSc Ecology

Joao returned home to Portugal and is an Environmental, Safety and Health adviser for a major construction company, responsible for ensuring that all environmental requirements are met.

Tommaso Pizzari

Tommaso Pizzari

BSc Zoology

Tommaso is a Lecturer at the University of Oxford Institute of Field Ornithology where he works on sexual selection in birds.

Christine Reid

Christine Reid

BSc Tropical Environmental Science

Christine works in the Natural England National Policy Team, managing projects on sustainable rural development.

Tom Brock, OBE

Tom Brock, OBE

BSc Zoology

Tom is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Graham Sullivan

Graham Sullivan

BSc Plant Biology

Graham initially worked as an ecological consultant and is now the Scottish Natural Heritage Upland Habitats Officer.

John Durban

John Durban

BSc Zoology

John is a Marine Mammal Biologist working at the US National Marine Mammal Laboratory.

Anne Saunders

Anne Saunders

BSc Conservation Biology

Anne was an RSPB reserve warden and is now working for the Marine Conservation Society in Edinburgh, responsible for the “Cool seas” programme.

Simon Enderby

Simon Enderby

BSc Marine Biology

Simon is currently a cameraman with SCUBAZOO. He has also worked for the Sea Mammal Research Unit and the British Antarctic Survey.

Colin Patterson

Colin Patterson

BSc Environmental Science

Colin works for the Scottish Environmental Technology Network, facilitating the transfer of information and technology between bioremediation researchers and companies.

Kirsty North

Kirsty North

BSc Ecology

Kirsty gained work experience as a ranger and in environmental consultancy during the summers of her degree and was appointed Scottish Natural Heritage Operations Officer for Shetland immediately after she graduated.

Debbie Banks

Debbie Banks

BSc Zoology

Debbie gathers evidence of illegal trade in tiger skins in China for the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Anna Swift

Anna Swift

BSc Conservation Biology

Anna is an ecologist with an international engineering company. She has also worked on ancient woodlands with the Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sara McBride

Sara McBride

BSc Ecology

Sara has trained as an expert bryologist on a course “Developing Ecological Surveying Skills” run by Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Lili Mohiddin

Lili Mohiddin

BSc Tropical Environmental Science

Lili became a food security officer, working in crisis areas in Tajikistan, Armenia, Central America, Africa and India, and now works for Oxfam as an adviser on humanitarian support.

Kieran Dodds

Kieran Dodds

BSc Zoology

Kieran is an award winning press photographer.

Andy Scobie

Andy Scobie

BSc Ecology

Andy is Rare Plants Officer for the Cairngorms National Park, having previously done a PhD on orchids and other rare plants and worked as a plant ecologist at a research institute.

Peter Brinklow

Peter Brinklow

BSc Biology

Peter is Community Project Officer with The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV), organising projects with local people to reclaim green spaces in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.