Published: 09 March 2017

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.

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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, operating department practice 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.

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.


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.

Operating Department Practice

Operating department practitioners are primarily employed within operating theatres, however there are increasing opportunities to work in transplant teams, intensive care units, obstetric units, orthopaedic clinics, pre-assessment clinics, patient transfer, day surgery units and resuscitation teams.

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.


Health sciences graduate jobs

In recent years, our health sciences graduates have secured many varied roles including:

  • Staff Nurse, Great Ormond Street Hospital (2015 graduate)
  • Paramedic, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (2015 graduate)
  • Anaesthetic Practitioner, King's College Hospital (2015 graduate)
  • Operating Department Practitioner, Royal Surrey County Hospital (2015 graduate)
  • Midwife, Frimley Park Hospital (2015 graduate)


I love being on placement, working alongside ambulance staff on the frontline, doing what I came on the course to do. You get the chance to meet people from all walks of life in different situations. - Steve Pawley, BSc Paramedic Science


  • Community Staff Nurse, Virgin Care (2015 graduate)
  • Cardiology Nurse Practitioner, Basildon Hospital (2015 graduate)
  • Manager of care home, LRH Homes (2015 graduate)
  • Theatre Practitioner, St Richard’s Hospital (2015 graduate)
  • Adult Gynaecologist, Royal Surrey County Hospital (2015 graduate)


Working in healthcare gives you a better understanding of the big picture and what’s important in life. I’ve seen some remarkable things and met some remarkable people, and feel I am becoming a better person because of it. - Stuart Renowden, BSc Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing)


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