This page gives career information of relevance to Imperial Postgraduate Medicine Students.
You can find out how the Careers Service supports Imperial students on our services for students page, explore our career events, attend one to one appointments and sign up for our weekly newsletter, sent every Thursday (sign up by checking the relevant box on your personal profile on JobsLive). Whatever stage you are at with your studies, we’re here to help from first year undergraduates right through to PhD studies – you don’t even have to know what you want to do to make use of our services!
You have access to an online learning course called Attributes and Aspirations (AA). This course will help be a better student by supporting your transferable (e.g. project management, communication, critical thinking) skills and take you through career planning using specific examples relevant to post-graduate medicine. Be sure to access the right version of AA for you, choosing either the Masters version or the PhD version of modules to enrol in.
What can you do with a Postgraduate Medicine degree?
Postgraduate medicine graduates have a wide range of career options. Some choose to continue using their medical related knowledge in their career, and others choose to change direction after graduation. Many graduates choose to continue onto PhD study. You can explore where our graduates end up further through our Imperial destinations information. Use the resources below to help you start to explore and understand your options and to begin to develop your career plans.
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Develop your skills
Whilst there are a wide range of programme that you may be studying you are likely to gain the following during your Postgraduate Medicine course:
Knowledge and Understanding of:
The range of topics and experimental approaches current in your area The research process that enables you to:
(i) Evaluate critically current research
(ii) Evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them
(iii) Design and conduct appropriate research
- A broad understanding and the ability to critically evaluate the state of knowledge derived from your and other research
- The ability to plan a research project
- The ability to design experiments with clear outcomes
- Experience of a wide range of experimental techniques
- The analysis of experimental results including the use of appropriate statistics
- Management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision processes, teamwork, written and oral reports, scientific publications
Support to develop your skills further
To evaluate your current skills and further identify areas that you would like to develop, you may want to do a skills audit. From here you can access the below support
- The Attributes and Aspirations short course can help you to develop all of these transferable skills and more.
- The Graduate School offers a range of extra support cover many topics including both research specific and building industry knowledge and transferable skills.
- The Careers Service offers skills workshops to help you with the basics of how to communicate your skills during applications, no matter if you’re applying for Academia or Industry positions.
Explore career areas
As a Postgraduate Medicine graduate you can go into huge range of careers, from research in your specific area all the way through to non-related careers such as management consultancy and charity related work. Apart from the other tabs on this page, here are some great starting points to help you explore further:
- The Attributes and Aspirations short course has a module on Career Planning with specific units about exploring career options. This has many links relevant postgraduate medicine.
- Our what do Imperial Graduates Do? contains our Graduate Outcomes data which gives examples of employers and further study options of previous graduates.
- Explore Imperial College LinkedIn” where you can explore the career paths of alumni from your programme as their careers develop over time.
- Our how to research job sectors and occupations resources can help you to learn more about these sectors including desirable skills, responsibilities, professional development and salary expectations across different roles and industries. You can also meet employers from many of these areas through Careers Service events and fairs which are advertised on JobsLive and in our weekly newsletter.
A professional body, association or society seeks to further a particular profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession. The body maintains an oversight of the knowledge, skills, conduct and practice of that profession and can offer accreditation or chartership. You can often use professional bodies to access training or networking events and explore related career options.
Due to the huge range of topics covered by postgraduate medicine, it’s impossible to supply a complete list of professional associations however below are a few links to give you some ideas. Try asking your supervisor or lecturers which associations they value within your subjects or a goggle search could reveal organisations related to very specific topics.
- http://careers.abpi.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx - The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
- www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-healthengland - Public Health England
- www.ibms.org Institute of Biomedical Science
- www.biochemistry.org - Biochemical Society
- https://sfam.org.uk - Society for Applied Microbiology
- www.genetics.org.uk - Genetics Society
- www.nutritionsociety.org - Nutrition Society
- www.biochemistry.org - Biochemical Society
- www.bps.ac.uk - British Pharmacological Society
- www.endocrinology.org - Society for Endocrinology
- www.sebiology.org - Society for Experimental Biology
- www.physoc.org - The Physiological Society
- www.rsph.org.uk - Royal Society for Public Health
- www.rsb.org.uk - Royal Society of Biology
Your postgraduate medicine degree is valued by all areas of industry from larger well-known Multinational Companies (MNCs) to Small or Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), defined as organisations with fewer than 250 employees.
MCNs generally have large budgets to promote their jobs and these adverts can often be found on websites such as prospects, target, LinkedIn or gradcracker. They also often have large graduate programmes which you’ll find information about on company websites. Be aware of the timelines of when MCNs tend to recruit as they often do this a year in advance.
SMEs can be harder to find and they often rely on you approaching them speculatively to show motivation and interest. They will sometimes engage with universities through incubation hubs to help them grow skills and expertise. The Imperial Enterprise Lab often run events to help students understand and network with SME and start-up communities.
Below are useful websites to find SMEs relevant to postgraduate medicine. More links can be found in the Career Planning Module of the Attributes and Aspiration course:
- UK BioIndustry Association – could be useful to find companies to research or speculatively apply to.
- The UK Science Park Association contains a members list of science parks where you can find information on the SMEs based on these specific science parks. Good for research experience.
- The Association British Pharmaceutical Industry member list can be used to find pharmaceutical companies or all sizes, including SMEs.
- One Nucleus is a membership organisation that brings together life science and health related SMEs. They also have a jobs board for their members.
- The Clinical & Contract Research Association – international list of organisations that run clinical trials.
- Directory of companies for MedComms Networking is useful if you’re interested in science communications.
SMEs can also be found using Google Maps by running a search for a specific term (e.g. “Neuroscience”) in geographic areas where you would like to work or where you know one organisation is. Often SMEs will cluster together geographically around a larger organisation related to their work from hospitals to transport hubs.
LinkedIn is also a good tool to discover SMEs. Explore the profiles of different people who have roles that you are interested in and scroll down their profile to see where they have worked. You may find SMEs and other interesting organisations that you did not know about. To get better at using LinkedIn, attend a Careers Essentials: LinkedIn course. The Attributes and Aspirations short course has a unit on Networking in its Introductory module for further support
Many postgraduate medicine graduates continue on into Academia. If you are a masters student you’ll need to do a PhD to achieve this and PhD students will generally move into Postdoc research roles as their first step. The Medical Research Council have created an interactive careers pathway which can help you understand this. Other useful websites related to academia are:
- Vitae – focuses specifically on developing researcher and includes a range of resources including how to be more competitive in academic applications, case studies of researchers and example application documents.
- Find a PhD and Find a Postdoc both list funded opportunities and have careers advice pages on writing research proposals and more.
- Job.ac.uk – the biggest advertiser of roles within Universities and research
- Any relevant research councils – for example the MRC is the main funder of medically related research in the UK however if you are looking internationally, find the organisation that funds most of your research in that country.
- Going Global – for international opportunities which you can search by country
A large part of moving forward in Academia is having the right networks so websites like LinkedIn and Research Gate should form an important role in your career development. Talk to your current supervisor or other within your lab to figure out who you need to know and then work on how you can meet them. The Attributes and Aspirations short course has a unit on Networking in it’s Introductory module for further support.
Career planning often takes time and can sometimes feel overwhelming. It’s a good idea to set aside a small amount of time on a regular basis to maintain momentum. Below are some things to get you started:
- Sign up to the Imperial Careers Newsletter by checking the relevant box on your personal profile on JobsLive
- The Attributes and Aspirations short course has a Careers Planning module which can take you step by step through the process. If you already know what you want to do, you can learn how to get there in the CV and Applications and Interview modules.
- Learn about the timescales for applying for further study, work experience and graduate employment
- See our what's on pages to find out about the different types of events that we run, including: workshops, careers fairs, career talks - and hear from alumni and employers about different types of work.
- Learn the skills that will help you succeed on the job market in the applications and interviews section of our website, and by attending our skills training and workshops
If you feel stuck with your career planning, you could book a one to one appointment to talk it through with a careers consultant. Katie Dallison and Becky Guppy are the careers consultants for postgraduate medicine but you can see any of our consultants for your first appointment.