Pharmacology graduate destinations

As well as subject knowledge and practical and technical research skills, pharmacology graduates will have developed a range of skills that are valued by employers. These include an ability to understand and work with complex scientific data, as well as written and oral communication skills, numeracy, analytical, problem-solving and IT skills.

Data obtained from

  • Pharmacology (BSc)
  • Pharmacology with Study in Industry (MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 33 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 94.3%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 25%
Part-time work 9%
Due to start work 3%
Full-time study 50%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 9%
Something else 3%
Unemployed 0%

Sector information

Pharmacology graduates are well qualified for employment in the health, hospital, pharmaceutical and bio-technology fields in scientific, managerial and commercial roles. Around 70% of careers are open to graduates from any discipline, so alternative opportunities exist in areas such as finance, law, IT and other commercial or public sector careers, where the analytical and scientific skills developed through the course are useful to employers.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Education 3
Publishing and printing 2
I.T. 2
Other sectors (4 sectors) 4

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Pharmaceutical press at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Hampstead School
  • Cisiv
  • Stem Marketing
  • Ipsos MORI

Examples of occupations

  • Technical Writer
  • Junior Business Analyst
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Teacher (Teach First)
  • Scientific Adviser

Further study

Many Pharmacology graduates go on to further study, and some directly enter employment in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue research or related careers.

Higher degrees undertaken by 2016/17 graduates include Drug Discovery (MSc), Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship (MSc) and Physiology and Pharmacology (PhD).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 10
Postgraduate taught degree 2
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 3
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 1
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

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You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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