aarrose
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#1
I am very interested in both of these degrees, but I’m not 100% sure on which one is best for me to take, in terms of career prospects, job opportunities, salaries, etc.
Any information provided will be deeply appreciated!
Last edited by aarrose; 1 month ago
0
reply
Zarek
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 month ago
#2
Pretty much any science degree opens up a wealth of opportunities. Either subject would be very interesting and involve study around the core subject. I imagine pharmacy includes biochemistry modules. If you are interested in being a Pharmacist then of course you would favour pharmacy . There’s a bit of negative press around about the vocational potential of pharmacy degrees but I wouldn’t be so concerned about that because it’s a good degree to have whatever
1
reply
artful_lounger
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#3
Report 1 month ago
#3
If you want to be a pharmacist, you should do a pharmacy degree - because it's necessary to enter that profession. If you don't want to become a pharmacist, you should not do a pharmacy degree, because it's not designed for other purposes. Unless you mean pharmacology? Which is a separate discipline from pharmacy and not the same thing.
1
reply
aarrose
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#4
(Original post by Zarek)
Pretty much any science degree opens up a wealth of opportunities. Either subject would be very interesting and involve study around the core subject. I imagine pharmacy includes biochemistry modules. If you are interested in being a Pharmacist then of course you would favour pharmacy . There’s a bit of negative press around about the vocational potential of pharmacy degrees but I wouldn’t be so concerned about that because it’s a good degree to have whatever
What sort of jobs would a biochemistry degree lead to? If I did biochemistry, I would most likely do a MSci 4 year course, which boosts employability.
0
reply
Zarek
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#5
Report 1 month ago
#5
(Original post by aarrose)
What sort of jobs would a biochemistry degree lead to? If I did biochemistry, I would most likely do a MSci 4 year course, which boosts employability.
You can go in to things that are more pure science eg research or broader technical function roles eg product development. Graduate schemes also look for promising graduates for a wide variety of corporate roles and for their future leadership potential. A friend of mind studied biochemistry and then an MSc in IT and now works in medical research related brain imaging. I did a science degree which included a lot of biochemistry and have worked in retail management, product development and most recently quality management
0
reply
aarrose
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#6
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#6
(Original post by Zarek)
You can go in to things that are more pure science eg research or broader technical function roles eg product development. Graduate schemes also look for promising graduates for a wide variety of corporate roles and for their future leadership potential. A friend of mind studied biochemistry and then an MSc in IT and now works in medical research related brain imaging. I did a science degree which included a lot of biochemistry and have worked in retail management, product development and most recently quality management
Nice!
Just out of pure curiosity, on average, would you say pharmacy/pharmacists hold higher salaries than biochemistry related jobs, such as, a biochemist?
Last edited by aarrose; 1 month ago
0
reply
Claremont4ever
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#7
Report 1 month ago
#7
(Original post by artful_lounger)
If you want to be a pharmacist, you should do a pharmacy degree - because it's necessary to enter that profession. If you don't want to become a pharmacist, you should not do a pharmacy degree, because it's not designed for other purposes. Unless you mean pharmacology? Which is a separate discipline from pharmacy and not the same thing.
You do know that there are pharmacists who work in tech, banking, coding, industry etc? I also know of doctors who work outside of medicine.
1
reply
artful_lounger
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#8
Report 1 month ago
#8
(Original post by Claremont4ever)
You do know that there are pharmacists who work in tech, banking, coding, industry etc? I also know of doctors who work outside of medicine.
Yes but what is the point of doing a 5 year MPharm if you don't want to be a pharmacist? That's just pointless. If you start a pharmacy degree planning to become a pharmacist but change your mind then yes you can go into other things but it would be a huge waste of time to go into a 4-5 year degree for an allied health profession one doesn't want to go actually work in, rather than just doing any other 3-4 year degree.
1
reply
Zarek
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#9
Report 1 month ago
#9
(Original post by aarrose)
Nice!
Just out of pure curiosity, on average, would you say pharmacy/pharmacists hold higher salaries than biochemistry related jobs, such as, a biochemist?
Try a bit of Googling on salaries for different professions. However the reality is you can’t say at this stage, you could become a very well paid site director or even a CEO of a company with any degree if you have the potential. On step at a time, go for the subject that interests you, focus on getting a good result and see where you go from there.
0
reply
aarrose
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 1 month ago
#10
(Original post by Zarek)
Try a bit of Googling on salaries for different professions. However the reality is you can’t say at this stage, you could become a very well paid site director or even a CEO of a company with any degree if you have the potential. On step at a time, go for the subject that interests you, focus on getting a good result and see where you go from there.
Thank you for the great advice!
My only issue is, I'm equally interested in both of these.
I think I just need to do some more research on what each degree is like, and make a final decision from there.
0
reply
turkeydinosaur16
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#11
Report 1 month ago
#11
(Original post by aarrose)
I am very interested in both of these degrees, but I’m not 100% sure on which one is best for me to take, in terms of career prospects, job opportunities, salaries, etc.
Any information provided will be deeply appreciated!
Do you want a people-orientated job? If the answer is no then pick biochemistry (not to say that biochemistry can't lead to people facing jobs but pharmacy will most definitely lead to a job interacting with various people). I don't know if you have Unifrog or a similar tool to compare job prospects but from my memory I think pharmacy had a higher average salary. Realistically being a pharmacist would lead you to working in the NHS (at least initially) whereas biochemistry is a bit more open to a wider range of employers and you could take it down a more clinical route. I've heard people say there are too many pharmacists but likewise I know of someone with a very similar degree to biochemistry that struggled to find a job immediately after graduating so I wouldn't listen to scaremongering. Have a look on Youtube or blogs at the day to day roles of a person in each and see if either is more appealing.
1
reply
rbella022
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#12
Report 4 weeks ago
#12
(Original post by aarrose)
I am very interested in both of these degrees, but I’m not 100% sure on which one is best for me to take, in terms of career prospects, job opportunities, salaries, etc.
Any information provided will be deeply appreciated!
Hi, I'm actually in exactly the same position and can't make a decision. My logic is that with biochemistry I could choose to do a physician's associate qualification later on if I wanted a more medical route (usually require a life science degree form what I've seen). Equally I then think why not just do pharmacy from the word go? Please let me know what you end up doing. 😊
1
reply
Seyiojo
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#13
Report 4 weeks ago
#13
(Original post by rbella022)
Hi, I'm actually in exactly the same position and can't make a decision. My logic is that with biochemistry I could choose to do a physician's associate qualification later on if I wanted a more medical route (usually require a life science degree form what I've seen). Equally I then think why not just do pharmacy from the word go? Please let me know what you end up doing. 😊
I remember I was in the same position as you and just ended up picking Biochemistry
0
reply
mrlittlebigman
Badges: 10
#14
Report 4 weeks ago
#14
(Original post by artful_lounger)
Yes but what is the point of doing a 5 year MPharm if you don't want to be a pharmacist? That's just pointless. If you start a pharmacy degree planning to become a pharmacist but change your mind then yes you can go into other things but it would be a huge waste of time to go into a 4-5 year degree for an allied health profession one doesn't want to go actually work in, rather than just doing any other 3-4 year degree.
I concur, Artful. Statistics from schools of pharmacy constantly show that over 90% of pharmacy undergrads intend to qualify and practise as pharmacists.
0
reply
aarrose
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#15
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#15
(Original post by Seyiojo)
I remember I was in the same position as you and just ended up picking Biochemistry
How did you/do you find biochemistry?
Would you recommend it?
0
reply
Seyiojo
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#16
Report 2 weeks ago
#16
(Original post by aarrose)
How did you/do you find biochemistry?
Would you recommend it?
I'm starting this September so I haven't done any of the course yet
1
reply
aarrose
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#17
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#17
(Original post by Seyiojo)
I'm starting this September so I haven't done any of the course yet
Oh nice!
May I ask what grades you received for your A Levels + what uni?
0
reply
Seyiojo
Badges: 12
Rep:
?
#18
Report 2 weeks ago
#18
(Original post by aarrose)
Oh nice!
May I ask what grades you received for your A Levels + what uni?
D2(A*), A, A Uni of Birmingham
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Feeling behind at school/college? What is the best thing your teachers could to help you catch up?

Extra compulsory independent learning activities (eg, homework tasks) (2)
3.64%
Run extra compulsory lessons or workshops (8)
14.55%
Focus on making the normal lesson time with them as high quality as possible (8)
14.55%
Focus on making the normal learning resources as high quality/accessible as possible (6)
10.91%
Provide extra optional activities, lessons and/or workshops (21)
38.18%
Assess students, decide who needs extra support and focus on these students (10)
18.18%

Watched Threads

View All