Being a biomedical scientist or researcher

Lab workers

The following resources, professional and student profiles, provide a starting point for you to get a further insight into the career of a biomedical scientist or researcher and studying biomedical science at university.

The Biomedical Science programme covers a wide range of subjects including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. As you go through the programme you will learn which of these areas really appeal to you. The resources below give you a starting point to find out more about these branches of biomedical science and the careers you could pursue in these areas. Don’t forget to actively engage with the resources you are accessing by keeping a record in your reflective diary

Biochemical Society

Biochemistry is the branch of science that explores chemical processes in living organisms at the molecular level. This link helps you see the types of careers that biochemists can have. 

British Neuroscience Association

Neuroscience covers everything to do with nerves – from ion channels up to whole human and animal behaviour and beyond. This link shows you some of the range of careers open to a neuroscientist. 

British Pharmacological Society

Pharmacology is the science driving new drug research. This link gives guidance and resources on how to develop a career in this field. 

British Society for Immunology

The immune system is a powerful defence against infections, however, when not working correctly it can also cause disease. Immunologists research both aspects to provide better defence against infection and prevent disease developing. 

Microbiology Society

Microbes affect every aspect of our lives especially health and hygiene. This link helps you discover some careers open to a microbiologist. 

Physiological Society

Physiology the branch of biology that aims to understand the mechanisms of living things, making it the science of life. This link shows you what physiologists do in different careers. 

Royal Society of Biology

Biology offers a wide range of career options and opportunities for school-leavers, graduates, postgraduates.


Take a look at our profiles to see what it is like being a biomedical science student.