A medical sciences degree can provide the core abilities to work within a variety of scientific research careers
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Biomedical scientist
- Clinical research associate
- Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
- Healthcare scientist, genomics
- Healthcare scientist, haematology
- Healthcare scientist, immunology
- Research scientist (medical)
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Higher education lecturer
- Medical sales representative
- Physician associate
- Regulatory affairs officer
- Science writer
Medical sciences courses can differ from biomedical science courses in that they may be accredited differently. If you're considering working as a biomedical scientist within the NHS, you'll need to be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and have your degree and experience accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Check if accreditation is needed when applying for jobs as courses vary.
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Some medical science roles require you to take up further training after your first degree. As a result, relevant work experience is extremely helpful when applying for jobs in the area and can provide the experience of working in a lab and research environment. It's helpful to consider medical science related placements and opportunities with labs, universities or hospitals during vacations.
It's also worth sending out speculative applications for work experience opportunities, many of which are not advertised. You could also complete work shadowing or voluntary work.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Common employers of medical sciences graduates include:
- food and drink, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries - offering roles in research and development, quality assurance and sales
- forensic, charity or government-funded laboratories
- Health Careers - NHS
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
- private pathology laboratories
- Public Health England
- publishing companies and the specialist press employ medical science writers and editors
- The Francis Crick Institute
- university academic departments.
Skills for your CV
You'll gain scientific knowledge, research expertise and lab skills during your medical science degree which will equip you to work within a clinical or research setting.
The transferable skills you learn during your course will enable you to gain employment in a number of different roles. These include:
- oral and written communication
- critical appraisal and problem solving
- computing and the use of statistics
- data analysis, evaluation and interpretation
- project management
- organisation, decision making and time management
- observational skills, with a focus on accuracy.
Progressing into further study following a medical science degree is very common and can be necessary, particularly for jobs in research. By studying at postgraduate level, you'll further develop your specialist knowledge, research and communication skills.
Training to be a doctor is a popular route after studying a degree in medical science. This will require taking a medical degree, either an accelerated degree for graduates or at undergraduate level. After the medical degree you'll continue your training with the foundation programme before selecting your specialty as a hospital doctor or GP.
For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in medical sciences.
What do medical sciences graduates do?
Just over two-fifths of medical science graduates are in employment six months after graduation. Biochemist, medical scientist and lab technician are included in the top three occupations entered.
|Working and studying||7.5|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Retail, catering and bar work||18.5|
|Technicians and other professionals||11.1|
|Business, HR and financial||10.6|
For a detailed breakdown of what accountancy graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Find out more
- Health in Wales
- HSC Recruit - health and social care jobs in Northern Ireland
- Institute of Biomedical Science
- Medical Research Council
- NHS Jobs
- NHS Scotland Recruitment