Medical research

This page outlines opportunities for working in medical research, the skills you will need and how to maximise your chances of getting in.

What opportunities are there?

Medical researchers plan and conduct experiments and analyse results, with the aim of increasing scientific knowledge on topics related to medicine. They may also use this knowledge to develop new drugs or medical products.

They can be employed in:

  • industry
  • higher education institutions
  • research institutes
  • medical research charities
  • hospital laboratories

It can be difficult to get permanent academic positions and many researchers in postdoctoral positions are on short-term contracts.  

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