Graduates (at MSc and PhD level) of biosciences research are sought to provide invaluable advice and support to current students who wish to pursue postgraduate study and a potential career within academia/research.

The following areas have been identified initially as of interest within the Biosciences Research Stream: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Genetics, Gut/intestinal Biology, Immunology, Immunity and Disease, Marine Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Musculoskeletal Biology, Neuroscience, Nutrition and Health, Obesity and Metabolic Health, Plant and Soil Science, Systems Biology, Translational Medicine, Vascular Biology and Zoology.

Previous experience of mentoring is not necessary; rather good communication skills and a non-judgemental manner. The role of a career mentor, and the commitment involved is outlined in Mentor Role handout. The frequently asked questions page provides answers to many of the questions that have already been asked about the programme by other graduates.

The Biosciences Research Stream of the Career Mentoring Programme was launched in 2014 by the University of Aberdeen's Alumni Relations team and Careers Service.


Registration for the 2017/2018 session is now open via the online registration form.     

For those of you who graduated with other degrees, please visit the General Stream, Law Stream or Engineering Stream pages.

We all have a responsibility to give back and I can think of no better way than providing mentoring to students as they contemplate their futures."
Jim Ellis, Vice President, Head Sirtuin DPU, GlaxoSmithKline

Further information


If you would like to talk to us about the Career Mentoring Programme (Biosciences Research Stream), please email mentor@abdn.ac.uk.