Natural Science

Careers

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Find out where your course could take you

Our degrees equip you with a range of skills that are in demand in your field.

With excellent facilities and a passionate and innovative teaching and research team, you’ll be learning in a department at the cutting-edge of your discipline from and with people who share your passion. The scientific community knows and values this about our School. That’s why we have such strong links with many organisations in the UK and overseas. From these associations we can offer fantastic placement and work-based learning opportunities so that you can develop your skills in real world environments. Plus they provide potential “ways in” to organisations – you could be working in your dream job in no time.

Many of our graduates go on to work in...

With a wide range of degree programmes on offer within the School, our graduates are working in diverse roles.

Zoology

There are excellent prospects in a diverse range of careers within zoology including:

  • Cllinical and veterinary science
  • Animal ecology and conservation
  • Teaching and lecturing

Geography

Some of our graduates are now working for environmental agencies tackling real-world problems such as flooding and environmental protection. Other career destinations include:

  • Contaminated land remediation
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Spatial data analyst (GIS)
  • Local government
  • Waste and recycling
  • Sustainability officer

Animal behaviour

Our graduates are sought after by zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, conservation, welfare and research organisations and rescue centres. Recent graduates have full-time roles as:

  • Education Officer, Newquay Zoo
  • Ape Keeper, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Jersey Zoo)
  • Dolphin Trainer, Dolphin Quest, (Bermuda)
  • Sea Lion Trainer, Combe Martin Wildlife Park
  • Conservation Assistant, Chester Zoo
  • Animal Welfare Coordinator, North Clwyd Animal Rescue
  • Dog Care and Welfare Team Member, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Lecturer at St Helens College

Wildlife conservation

Over 95% of our graduates have found employment in a wide range of areas including:

  • National park and nature reserve management
  • Zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks
  • Conservation charities
  • Countryside ranger departments
  • Ecological consultancies
  • Fisheries management
  • Agri-environment advisory services
  • Environmental education
  • Ecological research
  • Overseas conservation projects

Forensic anthropology

Extensive hands-on field and laboratory work during the course sets you up for a career in any number of workplaces. These include forensic laboratories, police departments, international aid and logistical organisations, and industry and government laboratories.

Biology

Some of our biology graduates have gone on to work within:

  • Microbiology
  • Clinical embryology
  • Immunology
  • Clinical and veterinary science
  • Biological laboratories
  • Wildlife conservation

Psychology

Our psychology graduates tell us they feel well equipped to face the world of work. They progress to some fantastic jobs in many different sectors including: health, business, forensics, teaching, marketing and public affairs.

Sport psychology

LJMU is one of a limited number of UK universities to provide a complete training route to become a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport Psychologist. You’ll be qualified in a career in applied sport psychology, but also in sports science management roles within the world of sport and national governing bodies.

Criminology and psychology

Graduates can seek employment in:

  • Probation work
  • Youth justice
  • Drug referral schemes
  • Victim support
  • Police and prison services
  • Legal professions
  • Local government
  • Social work

Forensic psychology and criminal justice

Careers secured by recent graduates include:

  • Trainee forensic psychologist
  • Clinical support worker
  • Police officer
  • Trainee probation officer
  • Probation service assistant
  • Arrest referral and bail support team worker
  • Drug and alcohol support worker
  • Victim support worker
  • Witness support worker
  • Youth worker
  • Cognitive behavioural programme facilitator for the prison service

Having an undergraduate degree is incredibly worthwhile, but my experience shows that if I hadn’t taken my degree to the next level and gained the valuable full-time laboratory experience that I did whilst undertaking my MPhil project at LJMU, then I probably wouldn’t be where I am currently in my working career.

Manisha Patel, LJMU graduate of MPhil Biology - Now works as a Biology Laboratory Technician at the University of Salford