Studying at University helped me pick up valuable life skills, particularly those which were to be of value to future employers such as giving presentations and working to tight deadlines. I think it is fair to say that if I hadn’t studied at University, my career options would have been vastly reduced."
Matt Fung, BMedSc Medical Science, 2005
To find out more about our graduate employability, view our Career Profiles.
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our Medical Science graduates have an excellent record of employment in a wide variety of careers. Many embark on laboratory work in universities, often in PhD positions, hospitals, as clinical scientists and biotechnology companies. Other degree-related careers include work in clinical trials, and in marketing and management in biotechnology companies. Every year a number of graduates also make successful applications to study medicine.
Graduate Employability - Data from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)
Employability of Medical Science graduates is consistently high, and above the UK average
Typically nearly half of Medical Science graduates go on to further study (PhD. MSc, Medicine). Less than half go straight into a job, with 45% of these being classed as professional/managerial.
Career destinations of 570 graduates from DLHE data 2005-2010
Data from 570 graduates over the last 7 years show that 44% of Medical Science students choose to go on to further study. Over half of those undertake a PhD; nearly a quarter go on to study medicine. 46% take up employment; 22% in degree-related jobs and 17% in jobs that are not directly related to the subject area.
Graduates going on to study further qualifications from DLHE data 2005-2010
Graduates in degree-related employment DLHE data 2005-2010
Degree-related jobs include laboratory work in university, hospital or commercial laboratories; clinical trials and forensic science.
The skills that you will acquire on the course are highly transferable, making it the ideal preparation for many other high-profile careers, such as teaching, accountancy, law and banking, as well as management positions in a variety of companies.
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Another advantage you will have as a Birmingham student is access to our unique careers guidance service where, if you make the most of the wide range of services, we will be able to help you develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
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