A promising future

Through our well-established reputation and close connections to the sector we can offer you excellent career prospects.

The chemical and pharmaceutical industries are the UK’s largest manufacturing industries, growing more than five times faster than any industry in the last ten years. Even better news, employees in these industries can expect to earn higher than average salaries. With this in mind, combined with a practical learning programme and the expertise and reputation of the School, you can rest assured that you'll be given the best chance to land your dream job.

Our School's graduates are highly sought after. 99% of LJMU pharmacy graduates, for instance, are employed when they finish their programme. And because of our status as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Training School, once you've qualified you'll benefit from support and development in the early stages of your career: your 'first 1,000 days' of practice.

With our close connections to community and hospital pharmacies, as well as organisations within pharmaceutical, chemical, biomedical and forensic science we can offer you valuable placement opportunities. You’ll gain real-world experience in your field to add to your CV, giving you that much needed edge when it comes time to job hunt.

"Over 70% of our pre-registration pharmacists come from Liverpool John Moores University. They have a well-rounded skill set and excellent clinical knowledge. They are confident in the hospital environment due to their previous placements and sound educational background."

Professor Alison B Ewing FFRPS FRPharmS -
Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Therapies at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Career prospects by subject

Take a look at the specific subject areas that interest you below to find out about possible career paths.


A degree in pharmacy can lead to excellent prospects and salaries are very competitive.

Typical roles include:

  • High street/supermarket pharmacist
  • Hospital and health centre pharmacist
  • Working within the drugs development industry
  • Working within university-based research

The MPharm degree is the first step towards qualification as a pharmacist in the UK. After graduation, you’ll need to undertake a year’s pre-registration training (usually salaried) and pass a clinical examination to qualify for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Many pharmacy graduates go on to complete their pre-registration training in either a community or hospital pharmacy. In addition, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, MSD and Pfizer all offer pre-registration training within an industrial setting.

Applied Chemistry

This degree programme combines traditional education in chemistry with 21st century high-technology applications, in order to produce graduates suitable for immediate employment in the chemical and allied industries, or to move onto postgraduate studies. It is the ideal platform from which to launch your career as it is designed to meet the high demand for highly skilled and technology literate people to help these industries continue to be innovative and compete on a global scale. On average, a full-time employee in the chemical and related industries earns 19% more than in other manufacturing industries.

As a graduate of applied chemistry you will be able to work in various fields including:

  • Chemical and related industries such as fine chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer, petrochemical, energy/power, biotech, food/fragrance, cosmetic, and healthcare
  • Patenting, accounting and the financial sector
  • Academic research and teaching

Pharmaceutical Science

On average, a full-time employee in the pharmaceutical and related industries earns 19% more than in other manufacturing industries.

If you graduate from pharmaceutical science you may enter careers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological, food, healthcare, cosmetics and related industries.

Typical fields may include:

  • Information science
  • Formulation
  • Quality assurance or quality control
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Clinical trials
  • Product registration
  • Research and development
  • Production control or management

Biochemistry and Biomedical Science

Pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and toiletries industries such as MedImmune, Novartis Vaccines, AstraZeneca, Unilever and Bristol-Myers Squibb, employ many of our biochemistry graduates. While other biochemistry graduates have gone on to pursue MSc programmes in subjects such as industrial biotechnology, virology, immunology, genetics, toxicology, biomedical science, clinical and medical biochemistry and molecular biochemistry.

Of our biomedical graduates, many decide to pursue careers in the pathology and public health laboratory services, providing diagnostic, prognostic, monitoring and other treatment for patients. Others enter the pharmaceutical industry and work in drug development or other laboratory-based positions. Some choose to work in clinical trials fieldwork, the Health and Safety Executive or medical records.

Forensic Science

Forensic science graduates work in the lab or in the field carrying out analysis including police scientific work.

You could find employment in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Insurance or legal firms
  • Independent forensic laboratories
  • Food and pharmaceutical quality assurance
  • Trading standards
  • Public and industrial health and safety
  • The chemical industry
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Accident investigation

"My placement also helped me gain experience in other departments of Merseyside Police, which opened my mind to different career paths."

Jennifer Larrosa -
studied Forensic Science at LJMU. Following a placement at Merseyside Police is now working as a Forensic Laboratory Officer with the organisation.

How we'll help you achieve your dream career

Here are just a few ways we can help you reach your goals:

We will ensure our courses are professionally relevant

As one of the oldest providers of pharmacy education in Europe, our reputation has enabled us to work closely with employers and professional bodies – ensuring high employability of our graduates. Our pharmacy, biochemistry, forensic science, applied chemistry, pharmaceutical science and biomedical science graduates can be confident that they’ll be entering into the workforce with highly desirable skills and experience.

We will help you find career-enhancing placements

With our close connections to community and hospital pharmacies, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and NHS Trusts we can offer you valuable placement opportunities.

Most of our degree programmes include the option to undertake a year’s placement. Pharmacy students are encouraged to take up summer placements at community pharmacies or hospital trusts to have valuable experience and insight into future career options.

The World of Work organises a Pre-Registration Pharmacy Employer Event which gives you the chance to speak to both community and hospital pharmacy employers recruiting for pre-registration placements. These events are also useful to those studying applied chemical and pharmaceutical sciences as employers for these sectors will also be available to speak with.

Practical learning is a key part of your course

Teaching takes a practical approach with a focus on laboratory sessions in state-of-the-art facilities, visits to hospital labs and other relevant sites, and expert speakers brought in to share their insight into the sectors. All of which helps you to understand your potential career options and prepare you for the workplace.

Work-related learning is a vital element of your studies as it will give you a competitive edge when you come to negotiate your way around the job market. For this reason, we highly recommend that you undertake a placement or research project during your studies.

We will maintain our accreditations by professional bodies

  • The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is a Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Training School; this status ensures that you receive the knowledge, skills and experiences to best prepare you for your career and provides ongoing support once you have secured your role
  • Our Pharmacy programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Our Biomedical Science programme is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Our Forensic Science degree is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Graduates of the programme will also be eligible for associate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

We will create and maintain connections to the professional community

The School’s links with local hospitals, public health and private laboratories ensure that course content is informed by the latest research and developments in today’s industry and tailored to the needs of employers. Some of our connections include Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Glaxo/Wellcome Laboratories, NHS Trusts, Walton Centre of Excellence in Neurology and Neurosciences, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the Roy Castle Foundation Laboratories and various chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

You will have access to careers support

Our careers service offers a wide range of resources to help you plan your next step, both while you are at university and after you graduate.

We offer in-depth careers advice and guidance, a My Jobs & Placements website for placements and graduate jobs, opportunities to meet and engage with employers and an extensive programme of careers and employability workshops, all designed to help you get the job you want.

Find out more about how our careers service can help you.

We can help you start your own business

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has been helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground since 2003. The Centre can help you with funding, networking, as well as business, legal and financial advice. Find out more about the type of support on offer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.