I want to work in...Life Sciences

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of science and pharaceuticals sector

Life and Chemical Sciences Scottish Directory of organisations by sector in Scotland

UK directory of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Website includes links to similar resources for Ireland and USA

UK BioIndustry Association has produced the following sector reports and videos:

Typical job profiles

Biomedical scientist



Research scientist 

More here 


Useful online resources

The Science Council has identified 10 types of scientist working today. Which one are you?

Do you want to work in or out of the lab? - blog article about career options with a bio/lifescience degree

Clinical Scientists - NHS Scotland training programme

NHS England Scientist Training Programme

Health Careers

Life Sciences in Scotland

Liftstream Information on biotech clusters

NHS Management Training Scheme

TalentScotland - science overview

Science Career Pathways

UK Science Parks

Biomedical Science

Bio pathways (youtube videos)

Institute of Biomedical Science Careers website

Laboratory training IBMS


Career choice for bioscience researchers

Microbiology Society careers information

Royal Society of Biology careers resources

Government & Defence

Civil Service Faststream is an accelerated career path to leadership and offers structured development with a choice of 15 government professions. There are also internship opportunities from 1st year

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory recruits around 80 graduates and offer around 150 student-placement opportunities every year from a wide-range of scientific, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and backgrounds

Healthcare Science

Biochemical Society Careers in biochemistry

Careers: a Future in Biology Society of Biology 

Careers in Clinical Biochemistry ACB

Careers in Healthcare Science NHS pdf

Genomic Counselling - training

Health Careers - - explore roles in healthcare science

Life Sciences Scotland

Microbiology Careers 

National School of Healthcare Science NHS Scientist Training Programme

NHS England and Wales - graduate management training scheme

NHS Scotland - clinical scientists training scheme

NHS Scotland - Management Training Scheme

NHS Scotland careers information for healthcare science

SEB Career Development & Training (Society for Experimental Biology)

What can I do with my degree NHS Careers England

Medical Writing 

Useful information about careers in medical communication

Careers in Medical Writing information sheet

Associate Medical Writer training programme information sheet


Medicine as a second degree - advice from the University of Oxford

Pharmaceutical Industry

ABPI Working in the industry

Careers in pharmacology BPS

Getting started in the pharmaceutical industry - article  

Origin Ltd Pharmaceutical manufacturing, packaging & supply chain

Physician Associate

Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. You will require a good first degree in a medical or health-related science followed by postgraduate training

Science Communication

Scicommjobs blog and jobs

SCI blog


More information here 


Alere Toxicology - careers information

British Toxicology Society careers information


Job sites and specialist recruiters

ABPI search pharmaceutical recruiters

access-science jobs

Beatson Institute careers

The Biomedical Scientist  jobs - official job board of the Institute of Biomedical Science

Cogent skills industrial placements and internships


Euro Pharmajobs

Global directory of Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Companies 

ICR Clinical Research Jobs

InvestNI - Life and health sciences company database for Northern Ireland

Jobs in Science

MedComms Medical Communication - jobs in medical writing and communication

Medi placements - biomedical science


Nature jobs

New Scientist

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Recruitment

NHS Scotland jobs

NHS jobs


PMLive Pharma marketing, sales and communications jobs

RSB jobs

Scottish Lifesciences Association

Talent Scotland


Recruitment Agencies

Find a recruitment agency

Research Councils

UK Research and Innovation

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Medical Research Council 


Professional bodies

Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APSGB)

Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB)

British Pharmacological Society (BPS)

Clinical & Contract Research Association (CCRA)

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Microbiology Society

Royal Society of Biology (RSB) 

Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS)

Society for Experimental Biology

Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA)

UK BioIndustry Association (BIA)


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.