Biomedical Scientist (Student)

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Medical
Level:Rating
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Saving and safeguarding the lives of our most important asset: our people. Once you’ve completed your fully-funded Biomedical Science degree, this is what your job will be all about. Helping care for survivors at the scene of a natural disaster. On rotation in an NHS hospital. Conducting blood transfusions in conflict zones where trauma patients need lifesaving treatment. Wherever you are, and whatever you’re up against, as a Royal Navy Biomedical Scientist, you’ll support our medical teams with an essential clinical laboratory service. You’ll help ensure the wellbeing of our people, and will be crucial to the success of every operation. 

Your role

  • Practise all the major laboratory disciplines, whether you’re in a hospital in Birmingham, or on board a ship off the coast of Bahrain
  • Combine your degree with military training to prepare for life in the Navy
  • Play a key role in supporting deployed personnel as well as those stationed in the UK
  • Be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • An opportunity to study further at Degree level 6 and Masters level 7 to top up your professional portfolio

Skills you'll develop

  • How to support medical teams with clinical lab service, wherever they are in the world
  • Experience every laboratory discipline, and develop throughout your career

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 104 UCAS points including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 300 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 grades 9 – 4 including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 grades A* – C
  • You must be aged 17 to 36
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • An aptitude for technical thinking in the clinical environment 
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A passion for helping people
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit

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Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh


Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.


Professional training

Once you’ve graduated from university you’ll have to complete a six-month Military Pathology course, which develops your unique multi-disciplinary laboratory skills. After that you’ll join an NHS Hospital as an Acting Leading Medical Technician.