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What can I do with my degree?: Biomedical sciences

As a biomedical sciences graduate, you have skills that are at the forefront of advances in medical research, as well as a range of transferable skills valued by many employers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.

Work experience

Entry into relevant employment is competitive and many biomedical science roles require you to undertake further training following your first degree. A higher degree may also be a requirement in some cases. Before applying for jobs and professional training courses, a period of relevant work experience can be extremely useful and, in some cases, essential.

Many work experience opportunities go unadvertised. Often employers are willing to take on volunteers, allow individuals to work-shadow or even just speak to members of staff working within the profession.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

To work as a biomedical scientist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) . You will first need to obtain the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Certificate of Competence. This can be achieved through undertaking accredited work experience either after graduation or during a sandwich placement year as part of an IBMS-accredited degree.

Common employers of biomedical sciences graduates include the:

The food and drink, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries employ graduates in areas such as research and development, quality assurance and sales. Publishing companies and the specialist press may also employ biomedical sciences graduates as writers or editors.

Find information on employers in teaching and education, healthcare, science and pharmaceuticals and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

The practical work you undertake during your degree equips you with the skills associated with good laboratory practice. You are able to plan, conduct and evaluate experiments, comply with health and safety regulations, and research and interpret scientific literature.

Transferable skills gained on your course include:

  • analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • computing and the use of statistics;
  • data analysis, evaluation and interpretation;
  • project management;
  • numeracy;
  • organisation and time management;
  • oral and written communication;
  • teamworking - from laboratory work or activities such as sport, societies or voluntary work.

Further study

Many biomedical sciences graduates undertake further study because an increasing number of careers in the science sector require entrants to have a specific postgraduate qualification. By studying at postgraduate level, you will further develop your specialist knowledge, research skills and communication skills.

It is possible for a graduate with a good degree in biomedical sciences to obtain a place on a four-year, fast-track, graduate entry course to study medicine.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do biomedical sciences graduates do?

Almost 60% of biomedical sciences graduates are employed six months after graduating, for example as physiotherapists, physiologists and podiatrists. One in ten biomedical graduates employed in the UK are working as nurses. Just less than one in ten are working as laboratory technicians.

Over a quarter of biomedical sciences graduates (28%) undertake further study or a combination of study and work.

Graduate destinations for biomedical sciences
Destinations Percentage
Employed 59.5%
Further study 21.8%
Working and studying 6.3%
Unemployed 7.3%
Other 5%
Types of work entered in the UK
Health professionals 20.8%

Technicians and other professionals


Retail, catering and bar work

Caring and education work 11.2%
Other 42.4%

Find out what other science graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?  

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.


Further information

Written by AGCAS editors
January 2014

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