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After your degree 

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, biomedical science is one of the top three subjects for graduate employment. We also know that 96% of our 2017 graduates were in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17). That's because a biomedical science degree can lead to a huge range of different careers, including healthcare, the bioscience industry, education, academia and lost of jobs outside the field.

What job will I get?

Our students leave us equipped for a range of careers paths, including biomedical research, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry. Some work at companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, some join the NHS, and some continue their studies in areas such as medicine, veterinary science, dieticians, physiotherapy and teaching.

Graduates also use their degrees in a many occupations outside biomedical science, from finance and accounting, to marketing and publishing, to law and policy.

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More about graduate destinations

Work placements

Students on one of our Biomedical Science with a Year in Industry degrees get to spend 12 months at an organisation where they can put their scientific skills into practice. Previous students have taken their placement in organisations ranging from the Healthcare Services Business Unit at MSD, one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies to right here at the university in the area of communications and external engagement. Placements aren't guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.

Find out more about Biomedical Science with a Year in Industry

You can hear from five students who spent a year in industry in our video to discover the variety of opportunities that are available.

Postgraduate study

If you're interested in continuing to study biomedical science, we run several masters degree courses and have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.

Masters courses in Biomedical Science

PhD opportunities in Biomedical Science


My tutors were extremely supportive throughout my time in the department, from giving me advice when I have been struggling academically, to being extremely encouraging and motivating with my application to study medicine.

Vishmi Silva, Studying medicine, university of sheffield

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My three years in Sheffield were influential in teaching me not only the basic skills of the course, but also the time management and interpersonal skills that I rely on every day in my job. Deciding to study in Sheffield was the best decision I’ve made.

joshua Cheal, Senior Clinical Research Associate, IQVIA

Support while you study

As a biomedical science student, you'll get lots of support to help you work out what you want to do after graduation, and the steps you need to take to get there. One of our modules is focussed solely on your career development, and includes guidance on choosing a career paths, as well as practical advice on how to present yourself to impress employers.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to biomedical science students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. Schemes such as the 301 Academic Skills Certificate will help you show employers that you're ready for the world of work. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate.

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