Physiology looks at the bigger biological picture, opening up many careers in science and healthcare, but there are other routes you can take...
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 area will also be helpful.
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.
Non-scientific employers include:
Studying physiology enables you to 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.
In addition, you gain a wide range of skills highly sought by employers, including:
Some graduates choose to undertake a second undergraduate degree, such as medicine or veterinary medicine. There are graduate fast-track medical courses available at some UK universities.
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.
Well over half of physiology graduates are in employment. Nearly a third are in further study, either carrying it out full time or part time while working.
|Working and studying||5.2%|
|Caring and education work||14.6%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||10%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||9.5%|
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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