The school of Biological Sciences have a dedicated careers advisor to help you plan your future, with one-to-one helpful advise.
The Careers and Placement Adviser for the School of Biological Sciences is Mark Gallagher. Mark is based in the Student Guidance Centre and works with all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students within the School, and in particular with students on the Work Placement and Professional studies modules.
The Careers, Employability and Skills Service offer an extensive range of services to students at Queen's including an online Graduate and Work placement vacancy website. In addition students can register for a range of Career development programmes each year including Degree plus and a range of additional programmes offered through the service. Register with the service below.
The services offered aim to help you with:
- Decisions about life after graduation and options with your Biological Science degree
- Information on vacancy sources within your area of interest
- Preparing a CV, applying for jobs, and preparing for job interviews
- Preparing for a transition to year-out placements, graduate employment or postgraduate study
- Helping you to develop your employability and skills through tailored workshops and programmes
- One-to-one career guidance sessions via bookable guidance interviews. Appointments are available throughout the week, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time
- Drop-in quick query sessions - no need for an appointment.
- Email any queries to email@example.com or to Mark directly
Work Placement and Careers Adviser
Biological Sciences (incl. Institute for Global Food Security)
Queen's University Belfast
Telephone: 9097 3957
Sites to help you plan your career
Current students are advised to start the process of Career Planning in Year 1 and Mark Gallagher, our dedicated careers advisor, meets with students as a group on a number of occasions to start the process. There are a host of useful resources on this site which will help and the links below will also help you think about your options. Biological Science students do have to take time to plan ahead and research their varied Career options. Students will typically either work in areas that are directly linked to their programme of study where they apply their scientific and technical skills, or utilise the skills picked up during their degree to work in broader areas of employment.
The Careers areas below will take you to additional resources, reports, websites and sources of information to help you plan ahead.
Work Experience & Further Study
Hayley graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Biological Sciences. “I currently work as a Conservation Adviser with the RSPB. One day I could be up at 5.00am surveying a farm for wildlife, the next I may be manning a stall at an agricultural show or visiting a local primary school to help them plant wildflowers.”
"My courses at Queen's, in particular the medical genetics courses and my hands on laboratory experience, cemented my interest in medical research and attracted me to my current job."
"Antarctica is a beautiful and surreal place to work. On my first day I saw 2 pods of Killer whales, a Humpback whale and a Leopard seal. The diving is unlike anything I experienced before the icebergs, the leopard seals, the giant nematode worms and the temperature every day is a good dive."