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Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Careers

Pharmacy, a science-based profession

Pharmacy is a science-based profession that specialises in managing the use of medicines in the clinical treatment and prevention of disease.

Pharmacy is a broad and challenging profession in which pharmacists are key members of the healthcare team.  Pharmacists are expected to practice using the 6 core values of the NHS constitution:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

It's a rewarding career that involves extensive contact with patients to enable them to take their medicines safely and appropriately. You can work in sectors such as community, hospital, industry, primary care, GP practice and academia.

Clinical Sciences: Careers and employability

97% of our 2015 graduates found employment, or went on to further study, within six months of graduating*

Our clinical science courses combine science with health studies.

Opportunities for clinical sciences graduates will reflect your balanced portfolio of clinical sciences, health studies and professional skills.


Students who successfully complete their studies through the School of Medicine at Leeds University (external link), following our BSc in Clinical Sciences, will be able to follow a career in medicine.

There are currently high vacancy levels for doctors in our region and nationally.

It is hoped that many of the successful graduates will develop their careers in the local region, utilising their skills, knowledge and awareness of local issues to the advantage of the local population.

NHS careers

Depending on your chosen pathway through the course you will be able to embark on a graduate career within the NHS ranging from health sector management, bioinformatics, primary care to specialist clinical scientists. 

There will also be opportunities for some graduates to pursue their careers through programmes such as Leadership in the NHS (part of the NHS General Management Training Scheme).

This intensive two-year, salaried programme of training and development aims to provide the next generation of NHS leaders.

Your personal and professional development throughout the clinical sciences course will provide you with the relevant competencies and attributes to compete for a place on one of these programmes.

Pharmaceutical industry

The highly successful pharmaceutical industry also offers a wide variety of careers where you will be able to use your knowledge and skills to improve healthcare in the UK or worldwide.

These include clinical trials, registration and regulatory affairs.

Further study

You can also choose to continue with your studies by registering for an research degree.

Typical recent jobs

Typical recent jobs include:

  • BUPA - Care assistant
  • Covance - Experimental officer
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Pharmacy support worker
  • Nuffield Health - Clinical ward administrator
  • Feversham College - Special needs teaching assistant