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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1686 days ago

The role at a glance
6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year

Extra pay

For every day spent at sea


Earn up to this amount while studying at university


Medical and dental care


Earn over this amount after university and initial training


All around the world

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. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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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
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

Pay and benefits
Earn at least £20,000 whilst studying at university
Earn at least £34,000 after university and initial training
An excellent pension scheme
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care

Career progression

Start your four years of studying at Aston University


Once qualified, finish joining routine, start your rotation


Following your degree, Leading Rates Leadership Course


Become Leading Hand, mentor students, go on deployment


Become Petty Officer, take on more managerial responsibility

What you'll need
Aged 17.5 to 36
Evidence of academic study within the last 5 years
2 weeks of clinical experience
3 x A level at ABB-BBB - must include Biology or Human Biology
Some BTEC qualifications may be considered. Check with MSAT PO
5 at min grade 4/C to include Maths, English Language and Science - Functional Skills or key skills not accepted
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
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

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

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

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

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

Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

Start training

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

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