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A degree in biochemistry can lead to a diverse range of employment and postgraduate study opportunities.

A good number of students commit to scientific careers in areas as varied as agriculture, animal health, biotechnology, consumer goods, drug discovery, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, medical and biomedical science, epidemiology, food, informatics, technical supplies, scientific publishing, medical and pharmaceutical sales and much more.

Many others decide to look at jobs outside of science and enter a diverse range of roles ranging from law, finance, public relations, teaching, and charity work.

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What careers and further study options have graduates gone into?

Job roles and companies

Job roles
  • Audit Trainee
  • Business Analyst
  • Food Analyst
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Medical Laboratory Analyst
  • Pharmacovigilance Services
  • Police Constable
  • Technical Assistant
  • Trainee Cellular Pathologist


  • Covance Clinical
  • Eurofins
  • KPMG
  • ITH Pharma
  • Marcus Evans
  • Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  • Northamptonshire Constabulary 
  • Orchid Cellmark
  • Royal Stoke University Hospital
  • Young’s Seafood

Postgraduate study

A wide range of postgraduate degree programmes have been undertaken by recent students such as in:

  • Graduate Entry to Medicine (GEM)
  • Physicians Associate
  • MRes Biochemistry
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Doctoral Training Programmes
  • Nano Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Oncology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • PGCE
  • Virology

Working as a biomedical scientist in the NHS

The most direct route is to consider applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). The STP is usually advertised in January of the year you wish to start.

Your undergraduate biochemistry degree will not be accredited by the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and in order to access biomedical work in the NHS as a biomedical scientist or in some cases as a laboratory technician you will need to acquire this accreditation.

To gain accreditation you will need to undertake top-up modules required by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). These can be taken at IBMS accredited universities.

IBMS - getting accredited

The pharmaceutical sector

The pharmaceutical sector is not all about large pharmaceutical companies, the industry has a large and growing number of small and medium sized companies involved in life science research, drug
development and biotechnology.

Explore jobs in the sector

These organisations are less visible to graduates as they often do not advertise graduate programmes and often employ people with PhD-level qualifications.
A list (not exhaustive) of small, medium and large companies can be found at:



What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, your genetics degree and extracurricular activity equips you with key skills sought by employers in all sectors and industries.

Here are just a few of the skills developed on your course:

  • written and verbal skills
  • research, analysis and interpretation of data
  • problem solving
  • time and personal management
  • presentation skills
  • data handling
  • statistics
  • project management

How can I use LinkedIn?

Graduate destinations such as those noted above do not necessarily provide a complete picture of what students go on to do with their lives and careers.

LinkedIn can be very useful to track how careers have developed over time. You can also find out where former students work, what they do and how they got there.

This information can be useful to you when making decisions about your career planning, networking
and taking the important next step on graduation.

If you’re new to LinkedIn, watch our videos:

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