What to do with a biochemistry degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in going into after studying a biochemistry degree.

Biochemist looking through a microscope at the University of Sussex

What can you do with a biochemistry degree

Biochemistry students can go into a number of careers, including biology, and sometimes with further study, medicine. 

If you decide to study at Sussex, you can choose from a range of modules and may get to practise your skills in laboratory sessions. Find out more about our courses and course content

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What jobs can you get with a biochemistry degree

Jobs may include, but are not limited, to:

  • analytical chemist
  • biomedical scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • data scientist
  • ecologist
  • engineer
  • forensic scientist
  • food technologist
  • nanotechnologist 
  • pharmacologist 
  • science writer
  • scientific laboratory technician
  • toxicologist.

If you haven't studied a degree yet and you're considering a biochemistry course, you may want to browse our:

With a biochemistry degree you may also be able to apply for graduate entry to medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. 

What can you do with a Masters in biochemistry

You might want to pursue a career in any of the above jobs. Or you could think about continuing your education further.

At Sussex, we offer research (PhD) degrees in the following subject areas: 

You may then be able to go into an academic career, including roles such as:

  • researcher
  • higher education lecturer 
  • professor. 

For more information about what to do after a biochemisty degree, see website Prospects

If you're a current student, see more advice from our careers section.


Skills

You may develop skills including: 

  • analysis and problem solving
  • independent thinking
  • laboratory skills
  • numerical and data analysis
  • verbal communication
  • teamwork and interpersonal skills. 

At Sussex, you can further develop your study skills by signing up for a range of workshops, tutorials and online resources.


Work experience and placements

You may be able to develop practical and technical experience during your degree through: 

  • laboratory work
  • your final research project (if you do one as part of your course)
  • applying for research schemes such as our Junior Research Associate scheme for undergraduate students.

At Sussex, during your degree, you can also choose to apply for one of the below: 

  • a professional placement
  • a research placement (you may able to do a research placement if you are a high-performing student on a selected science course)
  • an integrated placement if it is a requirement for a course.

This may help you gain skills and work experience before you graduate. Find out more about placements and internships at Sussex

You may also want to look for work experience opportunities at organisations, such as: 

  • government departments
  • research institutes and universities
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • the National Health Service (NHS).

What do biochemistry graduates do 

Recent biochemistry graduates at Sussex have secured jobs including:

  • trainee data manager, Hammersmith Medicines Research
  • production lab technician, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • events assistant, Royal Society of Medicine.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017).