Biomedical Science - Introduction
A good proportion of BMS students aim to enter jobs relating to their discipline. Upon graduation, some obtain employment as research assistants or lab technicians, often in Higher Education or schools but also in hospitals or pharmaceutical companies as well as smaller organisations (SMEs). A high proportion of BMS graduates go on to further study to enhance their prospects of pursuing a scientific research career in academia, research institutes, the NHS or in industry. Many undertake a PhD / MPhil, others go on to Masters courses related to their discipline.
Careers in Medicine and Dentistry are sought after by many BMS students. A number of graduates go on to study this as a second degree, with others undertaking paid or voluntary work in caring roles after graduation in order to boost their chances of making a successful UCAS application the following year. Some choose to study for an alternative healthcare related profession. Teaching training is also popular.
Not all BMS graduates choose to pursue a career in science. Many use the transferable skills gained from their course and extra-curricular activities to follow career paths as diverse as business management, finance, IT, recruitment, sales, retail and project management. Some use their science indirectly, for example in scientific publishing or medical sales.
What graduates do - short term and longer term career paths
Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors such as: what you are good at, what you enjoy and what you want from work.
This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.
Read about the longer term career paths of University of Sheffield Biomedical Science graduates.
The national Prospects website provides an overview of the graduate jobs market.
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