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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A wide range of postgraduate degree programmes have been undertaken by recent students such as PhDs in:
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.
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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, drugdevelopment and biotechnology.
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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:
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:
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, networkingand taking the important next step on graduation.
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Biochemical Society - careers sectionBritish Pharmacological Society – careers sectionJobs in Science - vacanciesNew Scientist Jobs Nature JobsThe Physiological Society – education section
Academy of Medical Sciences – medical researchers and jobs (look under About us)Careerscene – The Biomedical Science Career NetworkInstitute of Biomedical Science – careers sectionNHS Careers – biomedical scientistThe Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB) – careers section
Institute of Food Science and Technology – also check out their journal
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry – careers pagesUK BioIndustry Association – use the member directory to identify companies
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