As one of our graduates you will have acquired practical research skills and an ability to understand complex scientific data. You will also have had the opportunity to develop many transferrable skills including:
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- numeric, analytical and problem-solving abilities
- computing and IT skills
- organisation, self-motivation and team working skills
These transferable skills are supported and developed throughout a student's time on all our programmes in a number of ways:
Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skill (BREES) unit for all students in year two, with three main aims:
- to enhance research skills through the development of data handling and interpretation abilities, and to provide students with an appreciation of how science is conducted ethically and sustainably,
- to enable students to gain an understanding of the commercialisation of biomedical science,
- to provide students with the opportunity to develop their employability and job application skills, including interview practice, CV's and peer assessment.
eBiolabs: eBiolabs is a Dynamic Laboratory Manual that helps our students succeed in the lab. It supports students to learn at their own pace and grow in confidence, with simulations, videos and instructional text as well as a comprehensive suite of self-help resources.
School seminar series: All students can attend the School seminar series, where scientists from other institutions (UK and international) are invited to give a talk about their latest research, with the opportunity to ask questions about their career journey.
Students who have studied with the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine talk about their experiences, and what they have moved onto when they have finished their degree.
Opportunities for CMM graduates
Our graduates are highly sought after by employers. The research-based nature of the programmes, the breadth of their contents, and the final year research projects are major contributory factors in the continued demand for our graduates for industrial and academic research posts.
The diversity of the subjects covered also provides a broad background knowledge appropriate for careers in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical and food industries, National Health Service laboratories (in hospital and public health departments), forensic science and agricultural establishments. Graduates have used their general intellectual training to enter a wide variety of non-scientific careers including education, finance and law, health and community work, information technology, management consultancy, manufacturing and journalism.
Students can find further help and information with the University Careers Service. They are a dedicated team who can help students towards the career they want or provide information about all the opportunities available for those who are unsure of their career direction.
In addition find the latest data on the destinations of our students after study at CMM.
Types of employment undertaken by recent graduates, that directly use the experience gained during their degree, include:
- Research: As research assistants, technicians, research and development officers, clinical trials practitioners
- Medical diagnostics: As NHS biomedical scientists, higher healthcare technical officers, genetics technologists
- Industrial posts: Including hygiene analysts, protein purification scientists, cell biologists, brain bank coordinators, data managers, bioanalysts
- Communicating science: As science programme presenters, publishers, teachers
Graduating with any one of the degrees offered by Cellular and Molecular Medicine not only opens the way into professional and research careers in biomedical science but also into almost any other area where a rigorous approach to solving problems and excellent communications skills are valued.
What further study have our students gone on to do?
Many of our graduates go on to further study. A significant number take up MSc/PhD studentships in a wide range of biomedical sciences including immunology, microbiology, cancer biology, transfusion and transplantation sciences, toxicology, parasitology, infectious disease control, nutrition, forensic science, nanomedicine and biotechnology. Others go on to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and teaching.