How to become a clinical research scientist: Zahra's story

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  • As a scientist, Zahra is curious and asks lots of questions about how the world works. She wants to understand how different diseases can be treated
  • Zahra does experiments, which are scientific tests, looking at human cells under a microscope to find out more about them
  • Zahra works and studies at the University of Salford. She hopes her work will help people with problems like heart disease, and that her discoveries will help save lives.

Zahra's career path

Zahra is a researcher studying Biomedical Science at university; her experience could set her on the path towards becoming a clinical scientist.

What to expect if you want to be a clinical scientist

  • Clinical scientist average salary: Variable ranging from £32,000 to £93,000
  • Clinical scientist typical working hours: 38 to 40 hours a week. You could also work on occasional evenings and weekends.

What qualifications do you need to be a clinical scientist?

You could get into this role via a university course, a degree apprenticeship, working towards this role or applying directly. You'll usually need five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, Maths and Science and two to three A-levels, including Maths and Science, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll usually need four to five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship. Alternatives to A-levels include taking a T-level (England-only), which is equivalent to three A-levels. Check with your course provider which alternative qualifications they accept.

Sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service, GOV.UK

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed and the GOV.UK website for more on T-levels.

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