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Health Care and Medical Sciences

Further details on typical roles, employers and sector trends can be found on our Employability Portal and within the Job Sectors section of the Prospects website and TargetJobs.

Health Care Science

The degree is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England and can lead to careers in healthcare science (physiological sciences) - either in cardiovascular or respiratory disciplines as well as with patients who have difficulties with sleep. Cardiac and Respiratory Practitioners work in a variety of hospital clinics and departments, and increasingly within the community.

Medical Science

Opportunities for Medical Science graduates include the following areas, research scientist, lab technician, scientific writer, medical and healthcare regulations, patent law, clinical trials or medical sales.

Many opportunities recommend study of a range of Masters of Science courses or to choose a patient focused discipline such as Physician Associate (two years Masters programme) or to complete a PGCE and enter teaching. Students with usually a 2:1 or above could apply for Graduate Entry Medicine programmes.


Career opportunities for nutrition are available in the health and sports sector, food and pharmaceutical industries, public health, clinical research and the option of working freelance can exist for those who have gained experience in the field.

A requirement of most nutritionist roles is to be registered with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

Predictions suggest that the nutrition profession will grow in the future and become more recognised as a key profession in promoting good health and preventing ill health.

Online Nutrition Job Vacancies
Food Science Vacancies

Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical scientists work in the public and private sectors in pharmaceutical companies, but also in public health, hospitals, universities, the food industry and clinical research. Opportunities include areas of pharmaceutical industry such as research, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and marketing and sales. There are also opportunities in research or academia following further studies at Masters / post-doctoral (PhD) levels.

Physician Associate

Physician associates support doctors in in general practice and in hospitals under the supervision of a medically qualified doctor.

Physician associates are flexible and adaptable healthcare professionals with a strong medical foundation. As the profile of physician associates within the UK rises, job prospects are increasingly encouraging. Currently in England and Scotland, physician associates can be found working in the following areas:

  • GP surgery
  • A&E
  • Hospital inpatient ward
  • Hospital intensive care unit
  • Hospital operating theatre
  • Hospital outpatient department
  • Medical assessment unit or acute medical unit
  • Rehabilitation Facility
  • Specialist surgery
  • Walk in centre / out of hours
  • Hospital based liaison psychiatry service
  • Other psychiatry service

Additional online vacancy sources for Health Care Sciences, Medical Sciences, Nutrition, Pharmaceutical Science, and Physician Associate include:

Alternative careers

Teaching can be a potential career, particularly where your course you have studied contains a significant element of biology, chemistry, or physics. Entry requirements may need to be checked directly with the Teacher Training Institutions you are considering applying for.


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