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When it comes to getting a job, a number of our recent graduates have employment in the corporate sector: at major banks, management consultancies (including several working overseas) and actuarial firms. Others are in law – either on graduate training contracts, or doing a Master’s. Some students who feel their values are less in line with this sector are exploring the growing area of social entrepreneurship, working for a national newspaper in the education sphere or starting their own business. Student have also gone on to public sector work including HM Treasury in the UK and working on health matters for the government in Singapore. When we started the Arts and Sciences programme in 2012, we estimated 80% of Master’s degrees would be eligible to our students. We now estimate this is 90%+. Just some of the Master’s our students are doing include:

  • Actuarial Qualification
  • English: Issues in Modern Culture
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Global Politics
  • Management
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Sustainable Energies Futures
  • Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
  • Paleobiology

In previous years students have gained places on Graduate Medicine programmes and further Master’s in Environmental Change Management, Medical Anthropology, China Studies, Theoretical Physics, Public Health, Government, International Relations, Public Policy and several others.

The UK labour market has always been flexible and it does seem as if the entire global graduate jobs market is also moving this way*. Employers want to see dynamic, interested, creative graduates with wide skill sets and competencies (the ‘subject’ you study is irrelevant) and our students fit this description well. Students have fed back to us, through their internship vlogs, completed after the year 2 internship, that the most valuable university courses in the world of work are our core courses which cut across disciplines and teach multiple quantitative and qualitative skills.

When it comes to Master’s courses, an enormous range of options is available to BASc graduates, depending on their interests and the modules they have taken on the programme. Here again, the breadth of knowledge from your pathways and relevance of the sorts of assessment and research-based tasks you encounter in the Core will stand you in good stead to progress to postgraduate work.

An overview of last year’s BASc graduate destinations, latest graduate jobs and internships, and details of professional bodies and job profiles that may be of interest to you will be available in due course.

Watch the video below to see examples of the range of destinations BASc graduates have gone onto after completing their BASc degree.

*Financial Times January 28, 2016 - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b8c66e50-beda-11e5-9fdb-87b8d15baec2.html#axzz4KFH5EP8L