Life Sciences

Study menu

Career opportunities

Queen Mary University of London’s Life Sciences Initiative aligns with the Government’s focus on the life sciences as a key growth area in the UK’s economy. This growth brings with it demands for skilled graduates to work in a variety of different jobs within the sector, ranging from bench scientists, to clinicians, to IT experts, to engineers, to professional services and consultancies.

QMUL’s location in the UK’s capital city, which has a significant concentration of life sciences research and development and which is part of the ‘Golden triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge, and its involvement in the Mayor of London’s MedCity initiative, makes QMUL an ideal place for students to study, gain work experience and move on into interesting and fulfilling careers.

The breadth of the Life Sciences Initiative, spanning all three faculties at QMUL (Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, and Science and Engineering), enables students to take full advantage of the multidisciplinary opportunities available at undergraduate and postgraduate level, thereby helping to improve their attractiveness to potential employers.

Examples of jobs that QMUL life sciences students have moved into include: clinical science, biomedical science, chemical pathology, clinical biochemistry, medical information, journalism, biotech sales and development, marketing, finance, nursing and health care work.


QProjects is an award-winning work experience programme based in the Careers and Enterprise Centre at QMUL. It links our work with the local community with our wider remit to help our students gain valuable work experience during their studies.

Find out more about QProjects.

Alumni case studies

Charles van Heyningen started training to be a doctor in 1967 when he became a medical student at Barts before the merger with the London Hospital and Queen Mary. Now, 47 years later, he has retired after 28 years as a consultant chemical pathologist in the NHS.

Mark Klewpatinond graduated from QMUL in 2004 with a BSc in Biochemistry. After continuing his studies at QMUL, he was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 2008 for his thesis: Spectroscopic studies of metal ions binding to the prion protein.

Jade Lam studied for a BSc in Biology with Psychology at QMUL between 2009-2012, followed by an MSc in Neuroscience at University College London. She is now spending a year working as a Healthcare Assistant in child and adult mental health services at The Priory Hospital.

Return to top