PhDs aren't uncommon in themselves, but a PhD from a well respected research unit with equally well respected supervisors still sets you apart. None of my friends with PhDs in the life sciences from Manchester have struggled at all to find post-doctoral jobs - many have had job offers from the US.
(Original post by MattKneale)
PhDs are not uncommon these days -- competition is obviously high for good jobs but it's increasingly tough for the lower paid jobs too. I know people who have studied a Masters and are applying for Band 2 positions in the NHS.
To the OP: it seems that you don't actually want to be a medical doctor and have very little interest in clinical medicine. So then why put yourself through a medical degree (three years of which you spend with 'crazy' patients) and then spend two years afterwards working on the wards? Do your biochem degree and then persue the research route from there... you'd have to do a PhD after a medical degree if you wanted a serious research career anyway.
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