There are a wide variety of opportunities available within the pharmaceutical sector, ranging from manufacturing to research and development to sales. While a science based degree is essential for many of these roles, there are some which are open to graduates of other degree disciplines, such as business or numerate subjects.
This page will provide information on this diverse sector and links to important professional bodies and useful sources of vacancies.
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Information and advice on pharmaceuticals specifically for University of Edinburgh students and graduates.
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) - detailed information about the pharmaceutical sector, and a list of member organisations. ABPI also have a dedicated careers website providing invaluable advice on entering the pharmaceutical sector and the opportunities available.
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations - represent research-based biopharmaceutical companies, and regional and national associations throughout the world. Contains news articles.
BioPharmGuy - directory of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies throughout the world.
British Pharmacological Society - is the professional association for pharmacologists in the UK. The website contains a dedicated 'Careers in Pharmacology' section.
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Institute of Clinical Research - organisation for clinical development professionals.
Association of Clinical Research Professionals - US-based resource for clinical research professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.
Wiley Job Network - advertises vacancies in pharmaceuticals and also has career news and advice.
Pharmiweb - links to various pharmaceutical companies and also advertises jobs.
emedcareers - advertises roles for pharmaceutical, medical, biotech and healthcare professionals. Emedcareers also publish a blog detailing news in the healthcare job market.
Pharmatimes - provides global news about the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmaceutical employers and recruitment agencies - the University of Kent Careers Service website has a selection of employers and specialist recruitment agencies for the pharmaceutical industry.