Careers and professional development

Careers advice and support

Work placements and study abroad

You’re entitled to use the wide range of services offered by the University’s Careers Centre which provides a range of help and advice to assist you in planning your career and making well-informed decisions along the way.

Our employability team also organises an annual STEM Careers Fair, which gives you the opportunity to meet more than 100 graduate recruiters to gain an insight into graduate jobs and to explore work experience and internship opportunities. Recruiters at last year’s event included, among others:

  • Unilever
  • Bentley
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BAE Systems
  • GSK
  • Mars Incorporated
  • BP

The range of careers open to you upon completion of your PhD is broad and not limited to academia, some of which are listed here:

  • GlaxoSmithKline - Process Chemist
  • Unilever – Mathematical Modeller
  • Coastline Surveys Ltd – Geotechnical Engineer
  • Glaxo Smith Kline - Research Chemist
  • LG Display - Chief Research Engineer
  • Home Office – Scientific Officer
  • King's College London – Research Associate
  • Government Statistical Service – Higher Statistical Officer
  • Yale University - Post-Doctoral Associate
  • Rolls Royce – Thermofluids Engineer
  • British Sugar - Laboratory Services Manager
  • F2 Chemicals Ltd - Research Chemist
  • Dotmatics - Senior Application Scientist
  • IBM – Data Specialist
  • BT (British Telecommunications PLC) – Researcher
  • Astra Zeneca – Research & Development
  • ST Ericsson – GPS Software Modeller
  • University of Nottingham – Lecturer