Biomedical Scientist

Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • Specialist
  • medical

Manage blood supplies and diagnose diseases both at home and overseas.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £24,465Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details

The adrenaline rush you get preparing emergency O neg blood, knowing you have a casualty en route, is intense.

As one of the Army's Biomedical Scientists, you'll work with medical officers in military and NHS hospital laboratories. Yours is a vital role – you diagnose diseases by testing blood samples. Although you’re normally based in the UK, you also get the chance to go on operational tours with units around the world.

The Royal Army Medical Corps is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and Adventurous Training expeditions all over the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Provide biomedical support to all kinds of operations and exercises

  • Work with medical officers

  • Work in military and NHS hospitals

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    • 5x GCSEs grade C/4, Scottish National C, or above (including Maths, English Language and a Science subject)

    • Typically ABB-BBB at A Level (or equivalent) including Biology or Human Biology. Chemistry at A/AS Level is welcomed but not essential.

    Full entry criteria details are available on the Aston University website.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier. This covers everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. This 14-week course takes place at either Pirbright in Surrey or Winchester, Hampshire.

Step 2
You start studying for a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at the Royal College of Defence Medicine in Birmingham and Aston University.

Qualifications you could get after training

All Biomedical Scientists can gain postgraduate qualifications throughout their career. You may also have the opportunity to study Biomedical Science at MSc level.

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your Unit, pay will rise to £24,465.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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