Published: 20 November 2019

Top jobs with a health sciences degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in health sciences and discover some of the jobs Surrey health sciences graduates have secured over the past few years.

A health sciences degree can open doors to a wide range of rewarding careers in the healthcare sector.

Whether you’re interested in studying a degree in nursing, midwifery or paramedic science, the University of Surrey delivers excellence in healthcare teaching and supportive student placements to help you pursue your passion for a career in health sciences.


"Our aspirational education and research supports us to deliver the most dynamic, effective and caring healthcare professionals from a school that places innovation, research and passion at the heart of everything we do."

     – Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences


Careers with a health sciences degree

There are numerous employment opportunities for qualified nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners and paramedics both in the UK and internationally. Surrey health sciences graduates have taken up many varied roles in both the NHS and the private healthcare sector. There are also opportunities in research, management, education and mentoring.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities.



Many qualified nurses work in hospitals, but there are also lots of opportunities to work in community settings, general practice surgeries, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.


Midwives can choose to work in both community and hospital settings, and can further their careers by specialising in a range of areas, such as family planning and managing pregnancy in women with long-term conditions.

Paramedic Science

Qualified paramedics are increasingly found at the heart of multidisciplinary teams. There are opportunities in modern NHS Ambulance Trusts to follow career paths in specialist practice, teaching, management and research. As a practitioner, it is possible to combine a number of roles and remain directly involved in client care.


"When I graduate I plan to get a job as a paramedic. My ideal job would be working at either of the two ambulance stations where I have done my placements as I've made friends there and feel part of the team."

       – Holly Adcock, BSc Paramedic Science


Health sciences graduate jobs

Our health sciences graduates have a strong track record for employability. In recent years, our health sciences graduates have secured many varied roles including:

  • Staff Nurse, Great Ormond Street Hospital 
  • Paramedic, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Anaesthetic Practitioner, King's College Hospital 
  • Operating Department Practitioner, Royal Surrey County Hospital 
  • Midwife, Frimley Park Hospital 
  • Community Staff Nurse, Virgin Care 
  • Cardiology Nurse Practitioner, Basildon Hospital  
  • Theatre Practitioner, St Richard’s Hospital 
  • Adult Gynaecologist, Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Graduates have also gone on to take postgraduate degrees in delivering quality healthcare, education for professional practice, physician associate, primary and community care, and public health practice, while others have chosen to study for a PhD in health sciences.

Discover more about our health sciences degrees, our School of Health Sciences and student life at Surrey.

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