Science and pharmaceuticals sector

Want to find out more about a career in science and pharmaceuticals? 

This page has information and support about pursuing science and pharmaceuticals. 

Careers in science and pharmaceuticals can range from research and devleopment to medical sales and pharmacy, including a variety of more areas.

Many employers in this area look for graduates with an undergraduate degree in a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and some roles require particular qualifications.

Almost 1/5 of our students said they are interested in science & pharmaceuticals

Explore your options

If you want to explore the science and pharmaceuticals sector, learn more with the below resources

Start by exploring these websites

Hear from our graduates 

Lewis Ward

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at AstraZeneca

“I have access to both high-end equipment and a range of expertise from my colleagues. This collaborative approach allows me to do science in a week that would have previously taken me a month.”

Many of our graduates from University of Birmingham have gone on to pursue careers in the science and pharmaceuticals sector.  

Read, watch and listen to graduate stories in the science and pharmaceuticals sector.

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Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser

If you have questions and want to find out more about pursuing a career in science and pharmaceuticals, have a chat with one of our Careers Advisers. 

Book an appointment through your Careers Connect account.

Plan your career

If you are ready to start planning a career in science and pharmaceuticals, follow the below steps. 

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has over 13,000 courses to enhance your CV and stand out from the crowd when thinking about a career in science and pharmaceuticals.

University of Birmingham students get free access to LinkedIn Learning.

Work experience

A number of NHS Trusts will provide pharmacy summer placements and these will be advertised on the Pharmacy Careers Canvas Course.

You can make speculative applications by contacting the superintendent or Lead Pharmacist at a hospital. You can use the browse employer function on

You can also use the contact details for current vacancies in pharmacy to make enquiries about work experience or part time jobs. 

Many community based pharmacies will offer work experience or part time jobs within the pharmacy:

To make speculative applications to pharmacies across the company, try the search tool on Oriel. This will provide the locations and weblink/contact details of pharmacies across England, Wales and Scotland. Go to Oriel and select “Pharmacy”.

If you are keen to get experience across the broader pharmaceutical sector try Gradcracker and Rate MyPlacement. For more general resources on working in pharmacy you can explore Careers in Pharmacy.

For a list of recruiters across the wider pharmaceutical sector - ABPI - pharmaceutical recruiters

To connect with pharmacy graduates from UoB, why not join the Pharmacy Students and Graduates LinkedIn group?

Bursaries and funding 

You may be eligible to apply for work experience bursaries through The University of Birmingham. For more details visit the internship funding pages

Apply for jobs

If you are ready to apply for science and pharmaceuticals jobs, have a look below. 

Search and apply for jobs in the science and pharmaceuticals sector

Application support

When you have a clear sense of where you want to apply, the final step is making the most out of your application. Our Employability Advisers are here to help review your application documents. 


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