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I'm honestly having a love hate relationship with biology and chemistry where some days I prefer Chem over bio and vice versa but I'm doing this degree and I don't know what I want to do with it after ? Any suggestions on careers and what skills would I have to strongly possess ? I've tried Google and it's a mess so please bare with me


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Have you thought about working in the pharmaceutical industry? I'm pretty sure that I want to head in that direction.
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3 years is nothing really. Best way is to think of a career you'd enjoy and work your way backwards. How about working as a Biomedical Scientist specialising in Biochemistry? You would have to do all the generic areas as you originally qualify as a generic BMS but you'd get to do biochemistry.
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3 years is nothing really. Best way is to think of a career you'd enjoy and work your way backwards. How about working as a Biomedical Scientist specialising in Biochemistry? You would have to do all the generic areas as you originally qualify as a generic BMS but you'd get to do biochemistry.
Yes ! That absolutely sounds perfect. I just looked up a few job descriptions and they look really interesting. Thanks for the idea


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Have you thought about working in the pharmaceutical industry? I'm pretty sure that I want to head in that direction.
I've looked at the route but I'm not too sure about the pharmaceutical industry.. I have a few friends who are seem to be loving it though so I may look at it when placements come around


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Yes ! That absolutely sounds perfect. I just looked up a few job descriptions and they look really initeresting. Thanks for the idea


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Look at BSc Healthcare Science.
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Yes ! That absolutely sounds perfect. I just looked up a few job descriptions and they look really interesting. Thanks for the idea


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To add further as I was in a rush this morning. To be a Biomedical Scientist you must have HCPC Registration which in turn you must have an IBMS accredited degree. BSc Healthcare Science gets you both of these within 3 years.

The course for Year 1 and Year 2 is very similar to a normal Biomedical Science course. It includes a 10-week rotational placement in the summer between Year 1 and 2. You go around all the different pathology disciplines. You then choose an area to specialise. It will depend on a lot of factors and not everyone gets what you want but even if you don't you don't have to work in that area. You can be placed in Blood Sciences but go work in Microbiology as when you graduate you graduate as a generic Biomedical Scientist.

In the summer between Year 2 and 3 you spend 15 weeks in your chosen discipline. This will then flow into Year 3 where you spend 4 days in that laboratory and 1 day in University. It's hectic but quicker than the other routes.

In Year 1 you will cover physiology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, haematology, blood transfusion, genetics and others but then in your final year you specialise. As I said, it's 3 years. That's nothing in the grand scheme of things. You can then go work as a BMS in your chosen area and proceed to do the 'Specialist Portfolio' where, as the name states, you prove you have a specialist knowledge in that area and become a Specialist Biomedical Scientist.
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Have you thought about working in the pharmaceutical industry? I'm pretty sure that I want to head in that direction.
Hi! Can you help me?! My son is trying to decide between Biochemistry and Pharmacy. His passion is Chemistry and he speaks 3 languages. He does not want to work behind a counter or in retail. I'm worried about all the negatives of doing a pharmacy degree.


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Hi! Can you help me?! My son is trying to decide between Biochemistry and Pharmacy. His passion is Chemistry and he speaks 3 languages. He does not want to work behind a counter or in retail. I'm worried about all the negatives of doing a pharmacy degree.


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Hello. I am by no means an expert on such things, but I would say that if he wants to work in the pharmaceutical industry (think Bayer, GSK, Novartis etc.) then a Biochemistry degree would be the better option when compared to a Pharmacy degree. A Pharmacy degree, in my opinion, would be better if he was wanting to work in a pharmacy, as you say behind the counter interacting with patients and dispensing prescription medicines.
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Hello. I am by no means an expert on such things, but I would say that if he wants to work in the pharmaceutical industry (think Bayer, GSK, Novartis etc.) then a Biochemistry degree would be the better option when compared to a Pharmacy degree. A Pharmacy degree, in my opinion, would be better if he was wanting to work in a pharmacy, as you say behind the counter interacting with patients and dispensing prescription medicines.
Thanks! That really helps!


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Thanks! That really helps!


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