The University of Southampton

Careers & Employability

Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge. Where you choose to study is of key significance for your future career options.

A careers fair at the University of Southampton
Postgraduate careers

Whether you want to pursue an academic career or follow a path in business or other sectors, undertaking postgraduate education that develops your personal and professional skills will give you the edge.

Research conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, for their Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, showed that six months after graduating, average postgraduate salaries were £5,500 to £7,500 higher than for those with a first degree alone. Postgraduate study at the University of Southampton will enable you to push the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field and make a real contribution to your subject. 

Whatever your situation, the Career and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support for postgraduate students. Visit the Careers and Employability Service website for more details.

Career prospects

By studying at postgraduate research degree or taught degree level you will be equipping yourself with the skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career destination or significantly enhance your current career path. 

Career destinations of our postgraduate alumni include UK NHS research and development, government departments and research institutes, major pharmaceutical companies, industrial and commercial organisations, new entrepreneurial companies, scientific funding agencies and postdoctoral/academic positions worldwide. Our postgraduate students also find they are better equipped to apply for, and be awarded, promotion within their current employment setting.

Our Faculty has strong links with the NHS, both in teaching hospitals and the local community, Public Health England and public health leads in Local Authorities in the South East.

Career destinations and progression

Pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer

Local Authority and County Council Public Health Teams

Ministry of Defense, Institute of Naval Medicine

Non-government organisations such as the Trussell Trust

Private sector such as Solutions4Health, ToHealth Ltd

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme

Research and postdoctoral positions in higher education worldwide


National research institutions such as Cancer Research UK, UK Nutrition Biomedical Research Centre, UK Medical Research Council, The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre

British Council, Ghana; Ministry of Health Ghana and Malawi

Career management

Careers advice forms part of our training programme. At the University of Southampton, you will develop skills to help you in your future career. During the course of your studies you will benefit from the comprehensive resources and expert advice provided by our excellent Careers and Employability Service, located on our main Highfield Campus.

Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge.

The Careers and Employability Service offers postgraduates:

Current Vacancies

You can access current job opportunities by visiting the following websites:

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