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Encompassing a range of disciplines, this industry is said to be one of the fastest growing in the world.  Jobs in this sector can range from lab-based roles focussing on drug discovery or disease research, to patient facing roles in the community or event policy creation in government.

This page will explore how our programmes prepare students for this industry and some of the careers that they have gone into.

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Alternative careers

You don't have to study a degree in Medicine or Healthcare to work in this industry.  Equally, studying a degree in Medicine or Healthcare doesn't mean that you will necessarily have a traditional career path.

Below we have examples of some of the alternate routes that you could take.

History

After achieving her undergraduate and master’s degrees, Swansea University’s Gemma Almond has continued her passion for history and is now undertaking a PhD entitled ‘Correcting Vision in Nineteenth Century Britain’.

The nineteenth century was the first period in which vision errors were diagnosed. Gemma is looking at the implications of diagnosis on the dispersal of vision aids, how they moved from high street shops to a medical setting, and how diagnosis affected their design, function, and perception. 

Gemma is interested in this field in not just a medical sense but also culturally. Gemma believes ‘there is evidence of people using plain lenses as accessory and that they were not always designed to correct vision errors. However, there was also a stigma attached to spectacle wearing to the extent that it could influence a person’s employment prospects.’ On the one hand, vision aids could ‘beautify a woman’s eyes’ and on the other make a person appear ‘ugly’, Gemma finds the converse nature of the topic ‘fascinating’.

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