Biomedical Scientist

Service:Surface Fleet
Hands on

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Saving lives. It’s 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.

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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
  • Play a key role in supporting deployed personnel as well as those stationed in the UK
  • Be multi-disciplined, taking on a variety of duties rather than being restricted to a particular specialism.
  • 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

  • Multi-disciplinary laboratory skills
  • 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


  • You must be aged 20 to 39
  • A degree in Biomedical Science
  • Membership of the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Registered as a Biomedical Scientist in Haematology, Biochemistry, Blood Transfusion or Microbiology
  • Non accredited IBMS degrees will be considered
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen, or a Dual National
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • A high level of clinical skill 
  • A caring and compassionate nature
  • A passion for helping people
  • Be highly organised, and calm under pressure
  • A sense of adventure


Check Eligibility

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

After your Basic Training, you’ll complete a six-month Military Pathology course, which will develop your unique multi-disciplinary laboratory skills. And after completing this course, you’ll join an NHS Hospital as an Acting Leading Medical Technician, ready for deployment when you’re needed.