Find out how you can use the skills gained on a biomedical sciences degree to embark on a range of scientific research careers, discovering vital medical developments and improving the lives of others…
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Biomedical scientist
- Forensic scientist
- Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
- Healthcare scientist, genetics
- Healthcare scientist, haematology
- Healthcare scientist, immunology
- Research scientist (medical)
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.
This is a competitive employment sector 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.
Try speculatively applying for work experience opportunities as these are often not advertised. Employers are sometimes willing to take on volunteers and may 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.
To work as a biomedical scientist, you must be registered with the Health & 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:
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Health Careers - NHS
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
- Public Health England
- academic departments at universities;
- forensic, charity or government-funded laboratories;
- veterinary services;
- private pathology laboratories.
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.
Skills for your CV
You will gain experience in laboratory work during your degree and this will equip you with the skills you need to plan, conduct and evaluate experiments. It will also enable you to 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;
- organisation and time management;
- oral and written communication;
- teamworking - from laboratory work or activities such as sport, societies or voluntary work.
Undertaking further study is increasingly common and a 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.
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.
|Working and studying||6.3|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Technicians and other professionals||14|
|Retail, catering and bar work||11.6|
|Caring and education work||11.2|
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.