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Biomedical Sciences: Careers and employability

100% of our 2016 graduates in Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

88% of our 2016 graduates in Biomedical Science found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

In Biomedical Sciences you study normal life processes in humans and gain an understanding of disease processes, the methods used in their investigation, and the identification and development of therapeutic intervention strategies.

Although the subjects you cover are broadly similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree course, we aim to produce graduates who understand disease from a scientific perspective.

We produce highly educated and yet flexible biomedical scientists, with excellent career prospects.

Some graduates choose laboratory-based careers while others opt for scientific but non-laboratory-based employment.

Laboratory-based career

These include medical research either in hospitals, universities or research institutes.

Research opportunities also exist in the pharmaceutical companies such as Astra Zeneca, Fisons, Johnson & Johnson, SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo/Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), Merck Sharp and Dohme, or Smith & Nephew.

Some graduates enter the public sector working as clinical scientists or medical laboratory scientific officers in hospital laboratories, or work as scientists in public health laboratories or forensic science laboratories.

The food industry also employs a number of our graduates, particularly those specialising in microbiology.

Non-laboratory-based careers

The opportunities here are very wide.

Within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry there are careers as clinical trials co-ordinators, and as regulatory affairs executives (involving drug registration and patents).

In addition there are opportunities in medical information services, medical sales and medical writing and publishing. The Health and Safety Executive and the Forces also provide career openings.

Some of our graduates have also found careers in banking and management, or as computer programmers, distribution trainees, trading standards officers, and even a leprosy worker in Nepal

Further study

Approximately 20% of our graduates chose to continue their studies, either at Bradford or at another university by undertaking research degrees such as a PhD.

Others seek a more vocational qualification in dietetics, health service management, a taught Master's degree in a specialist discipline (for example, immunology, forensic science, biochemistry, genetics), or by studying for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education to qualify for a teaching career.

Some of our students have also progressed to the new specialist graduate medical programmes, such as the Physician Associate MSc.

Work placements

Many students choose to use the experience gained in the first and second years of the course to work in an NHS, industrial or research laboratory, although this is not a requirement of the Biomedical Science course.

This optional year of paid employment outside the University gives you the opportunity to explore a potential career and gain valuable laboratory experience. You do not pay fees for this period (often referred to as an intercalated year) and it is not assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact a member of the programme team.

In the past, students have found a wide range of placements in hospitals, universities and companies including Astra Zeneca, Covance, Fisons, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Mast Laboratories, Nestlé and the Sanger Centre in Cambridge.

Find out more about work placements.

Typical recent jobs

Our students go on to be successful in a diverse range of careers. Below are some recent examples of our graduate destinations:

  • A1 Control Laboratories - Laboratory analyst
  • Ashford PHLS - Trainee microbiologist
  • Ashley Publications - Production editor
  • AstraZeneca - Dispensary co-ordinator
  • Baines and Ernst - Marketing adviser
  • Barts & the London NHS Trust - Trainee Biomedical Scientist
  • Birmingham University - Research technician
  • Boots the Chemist - Pharmacy assistant
  • Bradford Royal Infirmary - Trainee Biomedical Scientist
  • Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust - Trainee Biomedical Scientist
  • Cambridge Antibody Technology - Research assistant
  • Centre for Applied Microbiology Research - Technologist
  • Covance - Clinical data associate
  • Forensic Science Service - Assistant forensic scientist
  • Icon Clinical Research - Clinical trials administrator
  • Leeds Education Department - Science technician
  • Leeds NHS Trust Hospital - Medical technical officer
  • Leeds Public Health Laboratory - Trainee Biomedical Scientist
  • Leeds University Trust - Biomedical Scientist
  • Medical Specialists Co - Clinical director
  • North Staffordshire Nuffield Hospital - Embryologist
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust - Trainee Biomedical Scientist (Microbiology)
  • Novartis - Research associate
  • Organon Pharmaceuticals - Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Orion Medical Sales -Medical sales trainee
  • Pagget Medical - GP/Hospital representative
  • Pinderfields Hospital - Clinical scientific officer
  • Q Laboratories - Laboratory technician
  • Quest Diagnostics - Clinical studies co-ordinator
  • Quintiles Transnational Ltd - Associate medical writer
  • Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust - Quality control laboratory manager
  • Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield - Trainee Biomedical Scientist
  • South East Water - Analyst
  • St Bede’s School - Science technician
  • Tameside General Hospital - Trainee Biomedical Scientist (Histopathology)
  • Thornton & Ross - Senior laboratory assistant
  • Veterinary Service - Researcher – Biomedical Scientist
  • Whiston Hospital - Trainee Biomedical Scientist

* These statistics are derived from annually published data based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

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Take a look at the diverse and varied careers in biomedical and healthcare sciences.