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​The pharmaceutical industry in the UK offers a wide variety of opportunities for graduates, postgraduates and, for some roles, to school leavers with A-levels or equivalent. Some companies have their global headquarters in the UK, others have large research and development sites as well as commercial and support functions. Roles connected to the manufacture and supply of medicines are also offered.


ABPI careers website

We provide information on these opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry on our careers website. The careers site is structured so that you can easily find relevant information for you – either as a student, graduate, postgraduate or person involved in providing career information, all accessible from the home page of the site at

Working in the industry

Many roles in the pharmaceutical industry require science or engineering qualifications, but companies also recruit people into roles in sales and marketing, IT, human resources, training, finance and many administrative areas without a science background.

Medical representatives have to study for, and pass, the ABPI Medical Representatives Exam within two years of starting to work in this role.

Case studies

The actual path that individuals have taken to get into their current role, and how they see their future career developing, is highlighted in over 70 case studies on the careers website. These include undergraduates doing a work placement, people who joined a company straight from school and have studied part time once employed and others who have had several changes of job in their career to date.

Pharmaceutical recruiters

Information on opportunities in ABPI member companies can be found in the Pharmaceutical recruiters section of the careers website.


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