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Biomedical Scientist
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Biomedical Scientist

Provide a clinical laboratory service including blood products, to support the delivery of enhanced medical care to our patients wherever you are in the world.

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  • £30,000 - £52,000
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Medical
  • Rating level

At a glance

From conflict zones to natural disasters, you’ll be saving and safeguarding the lives of our people. Wherever you are, and whatever you’re up against, you‘ll be ensuring the wellbeing of our most important asset.
I’m multi-disciplinary, which means I get really varied work, whether I’m on board ship, or in an NHS hospital.


Biomedical Scientist, Medical Branch

Role details

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.

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

Pay & benefits

  • A salary that rises to at least £33,000 as soon as you finish training
  • Earn in excess of £52,000 as your career progresses
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care

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


  • Aged 20 to 39
  • A degree in Biomedical Science
  • Membership of the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • IBMS accredited degree in Biomedical Sciences
  • Non-accredited IBMS degrees will be considered; check with MSAT PO
  • 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)

Skills & 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


Joining process

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Career progression

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