Physiology looks at the bigger biological picture, opening up many careers in science and healthcare, but there are other routes you can take too
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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It is useful to get pre-entry work experience in an area related to the career you'd like to enter. A placement in a hospital department is valuable when applying for clinical physiology posts. Some degrees offer this type of experience as part of the course but you could also arrange it yourself. Visit hospital departments or make speculative applications for placements in relevant departments and clinics.
Laboratory experience and knowledge of the range of techniques used can also be helpful, particularly for research posts.
Other part-time, vacation or volunteering work which shows your interest in the career is also useful.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
The major scientific employers of physiology graduates are:
The armed forces also employ clinical physiologists. Opportunities are also available with scientific publishers, in secondary schools or colleges as a science teacher, or with scientific sales and marketing companies.
Non-scientific employers include:
Studying physiology helps you develop skills in planning, conducting/evaluating experiments, and researching and interpreting scientific literature. You also develop the ability to communicate science to both peers and non-scientists.
You also gain a wide range of skills sought by both scientific and non-scientific employers, including:
Some graduates choose to undertake a second undergraduate degree, such as medicine or dentistry. There are graduate fast-track courses available at some UK universities.
Some go on to become healthcare scientists (also known as clinical scientists) by undertaking further training and study on the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Others continue their interest in physiology through a postgraduate qualification such as an MSc, MRes or PhD. In academia, a PhD is generally required to obtain a lectureship. In industry, some large employers, such as major pharmaceutical companies, may sponsor a relevant part-time Masters or PhD.
Some graduates move away from pure physiology through an MSc or diploma in related subjects such as forensic science or toxicology, while others change direction studying something different, e.g. law or computing.
More than half of physiology graduates are in employment six months after graduation, while just over a third are in further study or combining study and work.
|Working and studying||5.0%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||11.1%|
|Childcare, health and education work||9.9%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||9.6%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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