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What can I do with a degree in Life Sciences?

It's an exciting time to study Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences – although very different, both subjects combine biology with medicine, to develop specialist knowledge ready to start a range of careers!

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After studying a degree in Biomedical Engineering you could go on to be a... 

Biomedical Engineer

Ever watched The Big Life Fix? That could be you! A Biomedical Engineer invents and creates solutions for those in need to help them live a better life, such as prosthetic limbs and artificial organs. If you have a creative flair and a passion for engineering, why not use your passion to help others and solve problems that they might not have thought could be solved? Of course, there is the opportunity to work on television, but usually Biomedical Engineers are employed within healthcare settings, research laboratories, as well as medical equipment and supply manufacturers.

Product Design Engineer

You could progress on to a career as a Product Design Engineer for private medical device companies that supply medical implants such as; Johnson&Johnson, Medtronic, and Siemens. As a Product Design Engineer, you will design technology that is placed inside or on the surface of the body to support organs and tissues. Or, you could design medical apparatus, appliances, software or bio-compatible materials that are used to treat medical problems.

Field Service Engineer

Are you a problem solver? Then a field service engineer could be just the role for you, after successful completion of our Biomedical Engineering degree. You'll use your technical skills to maintain a range of electro-mechanical equipment, helping people live healthier and longer lives. Typically this role is employed within leading healthcare companies, such as Medela and Allied Healthcare and will manage medical equipment including patient monitors, ventilators and operating theatre's equipment within healthcare or academic settings.  

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Or if you are more inclined to study Biomedical Science, here are some exciting careers for you... 

Biomedical Scientist

If you are interested in biology and medicine, then a career as a Biomedical Scientist could be for you. Biomedical Scientists carry out a range of scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Many clinical environments such as A&E, hospitals and operating theatres need Biomedical Scientists to carry out tests for their patient’s needs – without Biomedical Scientists cures and treatments would not be found.

Forensic Scientist

As a forensic scientist you will be involved with searching for and examining material associated with crimes; such as blood, hair, clothes fibre and glass. You’ll provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law, to support either the prosecution or the defence in investigations.

So, if you have an eye for detail, and a high level of patience and concentration, then a degree in Biomedical Science could lead you to be a Forensic Scientist!


The role of a toxicologist looks at the impact of toxic materials and radiation on the environment and human and animal health. You’ll plan and carry out experiments and field studies to help identify, monitor and evaluate this impact and will also consider the use of future technology.

Some of the different areas you can work in as a toxicologist can be – academic, clinical, forensic, pharmaceutical and industrial – to name a few! So if you successfully complete a degree in Biomedical Science and would like to specialise in toxic substances, this could be the career for you.

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These are just a few of the many exciting careers you could go on to have after studying a degree in Biomedical Engineering or Biomedical Science, and it is really important that you have a look at the wide range of careers before you choose your degree to make sure that it's right for you.

Of course, successful completion of a Life Sciences degree will secure you a career straight away, but it will also permit you to study at postgraduate level - if there are specific areas you would like to further develop in before you start your career. For Biomedical Engineering you could continue on to postgraduate apprenticeship at level 7 allowing you to pursue a career as a ‘State registered Clinical Scientist / Medical Technologist’ or any other postgraduate studies specialising in Tissue engineering, Rehabilitation engineering, Medical Engineering or Biotechnology and for Biomedical Science you could go on to study Experimental Medicine and Bio-medicine as a postgraduate.

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