Careers and Entrepreneurship


Find out what you can do with a Pharmacy degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Pharmacy - Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Healthcare Science - Food, Drink and FMCG - Alternative Science Careers - Medicine - Journalism 

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Pharmacy graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Pharmacy graduates can go on to do. 

15 months after graduating in 2018, 82% of respondents from Life Sciences were in work or further study. 52% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles and further study that Pharmacy graduates can go on to do:


  • Large retail pharmacy chains
  • Independent pharmacies
  • Small or medium-sized chain stores
  • GP surgeries or health centres
  • NHS Hospitals
  • Locum pharmacists (self-employed or via an agency)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Food and drink companies

Taken from What can I do with my degree? Pharmacy

Job roles: Community pharmacist - Hospital pharmacist - Research scientist (medical) - Clinical research associate - Pharmacologist - Medical sales representative - Product/process development scientist

Further study: Only small numbers of pharmacy graduates go on to further study directly after graduation, as a pre-entry postgraduate qualification is not necessary for pharmacist jobs. Pharmacy graduates who want to work in scientific research and development could study for an MSc or PhD in areas like pharmacy, drug discovery and development, biomedical or chemical sciences.

Taken from What can I do with my degree? Pharmacy

More ideas

  • Your degree in Pharmacy - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Life Sciences graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Pharmacy include; analysis and problem solving, independent thinking, laboratory skills, numerical and data analysis, verbal communication and teamwork and interpersonal skills. 

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

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