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What can I do with my degree?:
Physiology looks at the bigger biological picture,
opening up many careers in science and
healthcare, but there are other routes you can
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Clinical research associate
Healthcare scientist, audiology
Healthcare scientist, physiology
Research scientist (medical)
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Medical sales representative
Speech and language therapist
Remember that many employers accept
applications from graduates with any degree
subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs
It is useful to get pre-entry work experience in an
area related to the career you’d like to enter. A
placement in a hospital department is valuable
when applying for clinical physiology posts. Some
degrees offer this type of experience as part of
the course but you could also arrange it yourself.
Visit hospital departments or make speculative
applications for placements in relevant
departments and clinics.
Laboratory experience and knowledge of the range
of techniques used can also be helpful,
particularly for research posts.
Other part-time, vacation or volunteering work
which shows your interest in the career area will
also be helpful.
Search for placements and find out more about
work experience and internships .
The major scientific employers of physiology
research centres and academic institutions;
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies;
the National Health Service (NHS) – specialist
areas include cardiology, audiology,
neurophysiology, critical care, respiratory
physiology and gastro-intestinal (GI)
private sector hospitals, medical centres and
The armed forces also employ clinical
Non-scientific employers include:
law and accountancy firms;
banks and other financial institutions;
Find information on employers in healthcare ,
science and pharmaceuticals, teaching and
education and other job sectors.
Skills for your CV
Studying physiology enables you to develop skills
in planning, conducting/evaluating experiments,
and researching and interpreting scientific
literature. You also develop the ability to
communicate science to both peers and non-
In addition, you gain a wide range of skills highly
sought by employers, including:
analytical and problem-solving skills;
using judgement, decision-making and
the ability to identify, select, organise and
communicate information and data;
computing, statistics and numeracy skills;
attention to detail;
planning, organisation and time management;
teamworking and collaborating between
persistence and resilience to retry experiments.
Some graduates choose to undertake a second
undergraduate degree, such as medicine or
veterinary medicine. There are graduate fast-
track medical courses available at some UK
Others continue their interest in physiology
through a postgraduate qualification such as an
MSc, MRes or PhD. In academia, a PhD is
generally required to obtain a lectureship. In
industry, some large employers, such as major
pharmaceutical companies, may sponsor a
relevant part-time Masters or PhD.
Some graduates move away from pure physiology
through an MSc or diploma in related subjects
such as forensic science or toxicology, while
others change direction studying something
different, e.g. law or computing.
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