Careers

As one of our graduates you will have acquired practical research skills and an ability to understand complex scientific data. You will also have had the opportunity to develop many transferrable skills including:

  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • numeric, analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • computing and IT skills
  • organisation, self-motivation and team working skills

Opportunities for CMM graduates

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers. The research-based nature of the programmes, the breadth of their contents, and the final-year research projects are major contributory factors in the continued demand for our graduates for industrial and academic research posts.

The diversity of the subjects covered also provides a broad background knowledge appropriate for careers in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical and food industries, National Health Service laboratories (in hospital and public health departments), forensic science and agricultural establishments. Graduates have used their general intellectual training to enter a wide variety of non-scientific careers including education, finance and law, health and community work, information technology, management consultancy, manufacturing and journalism.

Destinations of Cellular and Molecular Medicine Students:

chart showing destinations of students graduating in 2014

Data shown above for those students who responded to our survey six months after graduation.

Examples of employment undertaken by recent graduates, that directly use the experience gained during their degree, include:

  • Research: As research assistants, technicians, research and development officers, clinical trials practitioners
  • Medical diagnostics: As NHS biomedical scientists, higher healthcare technical officers, genetics technologists
  • Industrial posts: Including hygiene analysts, protein purification scientists, cell biologists, brain bank coordinators, data managers, bioanalysts
  • Communicating science: As science programme presenters, publishers, teachers

Graduating with any one of the degrees offered by Cellular and Molecular Medicine not only opens the way into professional and research careers in biomedical science but also into almost any other area where a rigorous approach to solving problems and excellent communications skills are valued.

What further study have our students gone on to do?

Many of our graduates go on to further study. A significant number take up MSc/PhD studentships in a wide range of biomedical sciences including immunology, microbiology, cancer biology, transfusion and transplantation sciences, toxicology, parasitology, infectious disease control, nutrition, forensic science, nanomedicine and biotechnology. Others go on to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and teaching.

Further information and help

The University has a Careers Service dedicated to helping our students towards the career they want or to providing information about all the opportunities available for those who are unsure of their career direction.

I have always had a strong interest in science but the degree gave me focus, helped me develop a wide range of skills, and gave me a taste of different areas of science I had no experience with before. The option to do a Year in Industry was a defining point and influenced strongly my decision to do a PhD afterwards. I'm now doing this at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute having been awarded a 4-year Full scholarship at the University of Cambridge.

Velislava (BSc Microbiology with Study in Industry)
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