Biomedical Sciences

Most students who graduate with a degree in biomedical science go on to work with the National Health Service (NHS) as biomedical scientists or continue with further studies towards Masters degrees and Doctorates.


Sources of further information

Professional bodies

Most of these web sites have pages dedicated to careers and general information.

Membership of the relevant institutions and attendance at conferences and workshops are very important for the following reasons:

  • It demonstrates enthusiasm for the academic and research activities carried out by the organisation
  • It provides those interested in academic careers with an opportunity to network with established academics at conferences
  • Identifying research supervisors / mentors
  • Access to relevant careers information
  • Deliver presentations on research projects you are currently engaged with.
  • Help you find your next job!


The following publications are available for reference use at our Cavendish House information room.

  • Breakthrough - Your guide to careers in the pharmaceutical Industry 2007
  • Career Basics - Advice and Resources for Scientists from
  • A Career In Medicine: Do you have what it takes?
  • Careers for Scientific Types & Others with Inquiring Minds
  • Careers with a Science Degree
  • Critical Paths - 12 inspiring cases of ethical careers in science and technology
  • How to get a job in Medicine
  • New Scientist - Graduate Careers Special
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Join a professional body relevant to your area of research or study
  • When choosing a dissertation, Masters or Doctorate degree, aim for one that specialises and is supervised by an Academic well known in your field of interest.
  • Attend conferences organised by relevant professional bodies for networking opportunities. 
  • Seek opportunities to present your work at conferences, or support someone who will.
  • As you network at university or at the conferences organised by the professional bodies, you will start becoming aware of opportunities to provide research support for major projects.
  • Publishing in journals is the most important way of assessing an academic's research potential and quality.
  • If and when you publish your work, try to publish in journals that have a big readership, in other words, journals with 'high impact factors'.
  • When publishing, try to get the balance right between quality and quantity.
  • Seek out opportunities to design, deliver and evaluate degree level courses.
  • When providing research support for big research exercises, try to get exposure to bid and proposal writing.
  • The scientific community is international, be prepared to travel overseas to seize opportunities.

Visit our web pages on postgraduate study for advice on choosing a postgraduate degree, funding sources etc.

Visit our web pages for Research Students for further targeted careers information and advice.