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What can I do with my degree?

Medical Sciences

The Career Zone have produced a guide: Careers for Medical Science graduates

A University of Exeter graduate in Medical Science will typically have:

  • A good understanding of the pathobiology of human disease, therapeutic methods, clinical and medical research methods, and how biotechnology and biomedical science can support and develop medical practice and improve health
  • Abilities in planning, conducting and evaluating experiments; researching and critically interpreting scientific literature and complying with health and safety regulations

In addition to subject-specific knowledge and skills, you will develop a range of professional and transferable skills demanded by employers during your studies including:

  • analytical problem formulation and problem-solving skills
  • computing and statistical skills – gained through the use of spreadsheets, databases and presentation packages found in most workplaces
  • data analysis, evaluation and interpretation skills
  • project management skills
  • numeracy skills
  • organisational skills
  • oral and written communication skills
  • an ability to organise and communicate information concisely
  • team working and leadership skills

See a more detailed analysis of skills: Medical Sciences Transferable Skills

What can you do with your degree?

Specific knowledge and skills gained within Medical Sciences is important if you want to pursue a career in areas such as:


Medical research in an academic setting or pharmaceutical/biotechnical company. Projects may address specific or global issues of disorders, health and wellbeing, and could include: Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Immunology, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Genetics or Genomics, Haematology, Toxicology, Environment and Health sciences, and Health Research Management.

Work within the NHS following completion of additional postgraduate training (e.g. NHS Scientist Training Programme, Medicine, Dentistry).

Science communication (e.g. copywriting, editing, journalism) to either a specialist or general audience. 

Pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales.

However, remember employers from sectors other than those not directly related to health and medicine will also value the abilities, professional skills and values and experiences that you will develop while you are with us. These can be incorporated into your CV or on to applications.

Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter Medical School has expanded considerably over the last few years. The university introduced 5 new streams of medically focused scholarship in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Genetics/Genomics, Health Research, and Environment & Human Health in September 2015.

Our first DLHE (Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education) survey was for 2012-13 graduates. Typical destinations are a mixture of employment and further study. Employers included academy schools, universities and the NHS. Typical roles were science teaching, research and healthcare roles. For further study, destinations included PhDs in the UK and abroad. Biomedical Sciences and Cancer studies are examples of research areas. At masters level some entered postgraduate study in Neuroscience and Nursing. Others entered Medicine at undergraduate or graduate level.

In addition, the employability and career prospects of our students are significantly enhanced through our dedicated programme of Professional Training Year (PTY) Placements, taken as an option in year 3. Many students have presented at national and international symposia and some have even been involved in the publication of peer-reviewed research papers. There is a great deal of freedom in organising your PTY; the majoirty of PTY placements have been completed in academia, either within the UK (e.g. Imperial College London, King's College London, University of Exeter) or abroad (e.g. USA, Australia, Germany). However, other students have completed placements within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries and the health sector (such as the National Health Service). 

You can find out more about careers with your Medical Sciences degree in the  “Academic and Professional Support” section on this ELE page (login required).