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I've applied to both courses (optom at City university and biomed at KCL, UCL, Queen Mary and St. George's) and have received offers from all except UCL so far and I'm unsure which to choose as my firm and insurance.
I want to work in a clinical environment (e.g. a GP or hospital) and I know this type of work is limited with biomed as most jobs are lab based, however I am also becoming increasingly aware of the fact that a lot of jobs in optometry are retail based and want to know which degree is more likely to get me a job in the kind of environment I want whilst earning a decent salary.
Sorry this is long, any feedback would be appreciated.
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RegisteredBMS might be able to give some insight - I believe there are more clinical aspected roles available through the NHS for Healthcare Scientists (as opposed to Biomedical Scientists). I believe there is a specific degree route into those however, rather than just any typical academic BMS course (which I believe all the ones you have applied to would qualify as).

My understanding is that Optometry is very retail oriented, and less clinical, but I don't know a great deal about that allied health profession so this impression could be wrong.
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I can provide more specialist advice in regards to being either a Biomedical Scientist (lab-based) or a Clinical Scientist (interpretation the work of the Biomedical Scientist's).

To become a Biomedical Scientist, you should aim for the BSc Healthcare Science (Life Science) courses which are the only route that include your HCPC registration. It takes 3 years whereas doing a standard BSc Biomedical Science course would take potentially significantly longer.

To become a Clinical Scientist, you only need a scientific undergraduate degree and then you apply for the ridiculously competitive Scientist Training Programme (STP).

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