Biomedical Science Jobs and Careers

While Biomedical engineering has been getting a lot of interest, the field of biomedical sciences remains largely esoteric and unexplored.

In this post, guest blogger Tanmoy Ray talks about the discipline (and how it differs from biomedical engineering), the kind of jobs and salaries you can get, courses & degrees needed to crack into the field and the scope of biomedical sciences in India and abroad.

Biomedical Science Jobs and Careers

by Tanmoy Ray

Biomedical engineering sciencesIn this article, we’ll focus less on the academic aspects and more on the career and job prospects in biomedical science.

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the applied domain of life and natural sciences, used for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases. There are various streams of biomedical sciences including human biology, pathology, biochemistry, molecular & cell biology, genetics, pharmacology, immunology, applied or clinical chemistry, microbiology, epidemiology, and biomedical engineering.

Biomedical science is ever changing and very dynamic, hence offers exciting career opportunities in specialist laboratory work, consultant work, research, education and management while serving the human society. The findings of the biomedical scientists are instrumental in making the advancements of modern medicine. However, the subject should not be considered as a substitute for Medicine.

Biomedical Engineering Jobs vs Research Careers

The difference between biodmedical engineering and biodmedical sciences boils down to the contrast between engineers and scientists in any field. In biodmedical engineering jobs, you’d be focussing on executing, building and developing. Whereas scientist would focus more on the investigative aspects.

While biomedical scientists focus more on biology, chemistry and medicine, biomedical engineers work around instrumentation and engineering. The engineers liaise with doctors, clinicians and biomedical scientists for the invention of new devices and technology for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases.

For this post, we won’t draw strict boundaries between biodmedical engineering and science.

Biomedical Science Jobs

Biomedical scientists usually work in the laboratory. They handle biological samples (blood, urine, cells and tissues) and use a wide range of laboratory equipments ranging from test tubes, beakers and pipettes to computers and hi-tech equipments.

Some of the common job roles and responsibilities of a biomedical scientist are:

  • testing and screening for lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cancer or cardiovascular disease; and screening for infectious ones such as rubella, hepatitis or Ebola
  • investigating and understanding the disease mechanisms, profile and progression
  • finding new, effective and innovative ways to detect diseases as early as possible (e.g. discovery of new biomarkers or a new method of detecting a biomarker)
  • working towards discovery and development of treatments, which could be preventive (vaccines) and/or therapeutic (drugs and medicines)

After studying biomedical sciences (or engineering), one can be employed in various job roles within scientific research and development, bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, drug design and delivery, medical equipment manufacturing and supplies, hospital and healthcare.

It is possible for a graduate with a good degree in biomedical sciences to obtain a place on a four-year, fast-track, graduate entry course to study medicine – so you can be a Medical Doctor (M.D.) even if you couldn’t have cracked medical entrance exam after your 10+2.

Biomedical Science courses

In order to become a biomedical scientist a Bachelors degree is a must. The first degree could be a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Pharmacology, Chemistry or Biochemistry if one wishes to get streamlined at the beginning.

It is always possible to move to other stream as all of them are inter-related. Alternatively, one could also pursue B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences or B.Tech. in Biotechnology or Biomedical Engineering, or even Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) in order to have an overview about the whole field.

A graduate degree can land you in various job opportunities, but a Masters degree is required for better career prospects. If you aim for senior scientist and managerial positions , you will need a PhD or MBA.

Biomedical Salaries, Higher Studies and Career Growth in India and Abroad

Getting a job within the biomedical sector is very competitive. In India, biotech companies and research institutes offer a starting salary of 1.2 – 2.2 Lakh p.a. for graduates, although it is possible to get a 3 lakh p.a. package as fresher. For Masters degree holders it will range between 1.8 – 3.2 Lakh p.a.

You can also work as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) or Senior Research Fellow after clearing the CSIR-NET entrance exam, and ultimately working  towards your PhD. JRFs can earn around 12,000 – 18,000 per month, while SRFs can earn up to 25,000 per month.

After finishing PhD (in India that will take 4 – 6 years) you can join as a faculty member involved in both teaching and research while earning 4 – 6 Lakhs per year along with lot of benefits.

You could look for a Masters degree abroad for better exposure, training and career opportunities. Taking up Bachelors studies abroad is an excellent option, but very expensive as well.

Popular destinations for biomedical studies and research are the traditional ones like US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada; and the new ones like Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Austria, France, Italy Ireland, Japan, South Korea (the tuition fees in these countries are very competitive in comparison to those traditional ones).

After completing Bachelors or Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences you could land with a job offer of 24,000 to 30,000 Euro p.a. in Europe or 45,000 USD p.a. in the US. So, the starting salaries are very handsome in abroad, and you can expect a pay rise of 5-10% every year. After working as a research assistant or staff scientist you can also go for MBA (specialising in Technology Management, Strategic Management, innovation Management, Marketing,  International Business or Entrepreneurship)  if you want to pursue business development and consulting roles with global pharmaceutical and biotech giants.

In order to conduct independent research within academic set-up or aspiring a senior position in a company or to start your own business, a Doctoral degree (PhD) is not only handy but essential in most cases.

To enrol for a PhD program ideally you need to have a Masters Degree (you could get away with a 4-year Bachelors degree too) along with 1 – 4 years quality research experience (and one or two publications).

During your PhD you can have a monthly net earnings of around 1100 – 1800 GBP in the UK, 1400 – 2400 Euros in other European countries, and 2000 – 2600 Dollars in the US, Australia or New Zealand.

A PhD in abroad typically takes 3 – 4 years depending on the University, your PhD supervisor, your determination, hard-work & creativity, and little luck as well. After finishing PhD you can go on to the industry or working in academia as a Post-doc (Post-Doctoral Researcher or Scientist).

As a post-doc you can expect to earn 40,000 – 50,000 Euro annually. It can take 5 – 10 years to become an Assistant or Associate Professor, and making 60,000 – 80,000 Euro p.a. The industry will pay you 10-20% higher at that stage.

The drawback in the West is that you won’t get a permanent job (academia or industry) in your first 10 – 20 years irrespective of your qualifications (Bachelors or PhD). It will always be a contract based job. People start with 1 – 3 year contracts and maximum 5 year contracts. However, it is very much possible to keep your job with the same employer through a series of successive contracts if you put considerable effort and end up with some interesting lab findings. In the meantime you will have the opportunity to get settled abroad as well.

You could return to India after a 3 – 5 year stint as post-doc (or longer if you wish) and join pharmaceutical/biotech companies as group leader or senior scientist. The industry package at that stage won’t be on par with the West, but it will be exciting and along with good benefits. If you are ambitious enough to be a Vice-President or Global Research Head of a MNC, an EMBA following a PhD will make it 10 – 15 years faster.

Another option after returning to India is taking up a faculty position with Research Institutes and  Universities. At that stage of your career you can take home 65,000 – 120,000 INR per month.

More importantly you will be leading a lab along with teaching and inspiring students While staying in the academia, if you discover something great (a drug, biomarker or technology), you can earn a lump sum by patenting and licensing your findings. You can also have your start-up based on your discovery.

Scope of Biomedical Sciences and Conclusion

The Indian pharmaceutical-biotech-healthcare industry worth 75,000 Crore INR, with the biotech sector alone comprising 4.3 Billion USD at the end of 2013 financial year. Indian companies are actively collaborating with foreign ones to make world-class infrastructure and atmosphere for research.

One perfect example is the partnership of Syngene (subsidiary of Biocon) with Novartis (2004), Bristol-Myers Squibb (2007), Endo Pharmaceuticals (2011), Abott (2012) and CytoSorbents (2013). Biocon and few other contract research organisations (CRO) have been quite active in recruiting foreign-return Indian biomedical scientists.

Biocon also took a nice initiative by introducing a 16-week training program in collaboration with California-based Keck Graduate Institute, with the objective of reducing skill gap and make young Indian bio-medical students industry-ready.

Even the Government is coming forward. In keeping with the vision to turn India into a research powerhouse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared $28 billion USD spending on Universal Healthcare Scheme in India. The feature of this scheme is free check-ups for everyone, and that will create an enormous amount of job opportunities for biomedical scientists in the coming years.

The biomedical research sector is unique and rewarding. The work is flexible and very stimulating intellectually. You will be working towards the betterment of human health and saving lives, so it is very noble in itself.

Even if you don’t end up winning a Nobel Prize in your lifetime, you have to remember that your research will always have the possibility of helping someone else to take your work forward and win a Nobel 20 years later.

Read this next post on PhD Admission Tips for Biomedical / Biological / Life Sciences.
Author Bio: Tanmoy Ray (connect with him on LinkedIn) has a Molecular Pharmacology background with 5 years of research experience in the fields of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cancer Biology, Biomarkers and Drug Discovery. He has worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands) and University of New South Wales (Australia).
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  1. Vaishali says:

    Dear Mr. Kamat,
    I liked your article. I am a veterinarian. I live in Pune. I completed my PhD in 2006 in Veterinary Epidemiology.
    I could not work due to family reasons.
    Now again I want to reshape my career. Is there any scope in biomedical sciences for me?
    If you can be helpful in guiding me to get a job, I would like to send my resume to you.
    WaiWaitinfor your reply,
    Best Regards,

  2. Tanmoy Ray says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    Your PhD specialization is quite unique. You can get in to in vivo work, bio-statistics or clinical trials.

  3. Dr.Kasturi Rangan says:

    Hello sir,
    Thanks a lot for your in depth analysis of biomedical science and engineering.
    I finished my MBBS last year and in pursuit of post-graduation since then, but my all time dream is to pursuit a career in clinical research and biomedical engineering. Currently i have minimum knowledge regarding the universities which are offering this course and expenditure to complete it.
    kindly guide in selecting a renowned university and please do share any other information regarding the above mentioned subject, waiting for ur suggestions.
    hearty regards,
    Dr. Kasturi Rangan

  4. Tanmoy Ray says:

    Hi Kasturi,

    Please let me know if you are interested in a rotation program within basic research, or wish to conduct research at PhD level.

    Best Wishes,


    P.S. – Sorry for being late to reply!

  5. Tanmoy Ray says:

    Hi Kasturi,

    Just following up on your query – I am not sure if you have got any wet lab experience. It would be a good option to get in to translational research to begin with. Institutes like AIIMS, TATA Medical Center do conduct such kind of research.

    The combination of clinical research and biomedical engineering might be a little bit hard at the start for people with MBBS background. Unlike in the Western countries MBBS curriculum in India does not accommodate basic science research (except very few ones).

    After gaining some wet lab experience, you can apply for MD-PhD positions in Europe (particularly countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway and UK).

    Hope this helps. Feel free to write me back if you have further queries.

    Best Wishes,


  6. Prabhadevi G says:

    Hi Sir,
    I have completed my B.Tech in Pharmaceutical Technology 2012 but still now i did not get placed in any reputed companies with good salary can you just help me in any source.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Prabhadevi,

      I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I cannot help you directly with any job placement. As I have mentioned in the article above – with Bachelors degree it is indeed tough to accelerate the career progression, especially in India. If you are not willing to go for Masters, it would be wise to have patience. I assume you already have got 2 years of experience, so a good opportunity should be there if you look around carefully.

      If you are working in manufacturing or quality control then you could do a correspondence course on Regulatory Affairs while working. In case you are working in F&D or R&D, then a Masters degree would be the best thing to do.

      Hope this helps. Feel free to get back to me if you have got any more queries.

  7. DEEPA HALDAR says:

    I have done my MBBS and the MD in Clinical Biochemistry. Currently doing senior residency in the same specialty. I want to work in an EU country like Belgium or Germany or Netherlands etc. and settle there as well.Can u suggest me any EU country where i am eligible for a permanent job?

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Deepa,

      At present Germany would be the best country to work (and settle permanently if you wish) considering your profile. If you want to stay in the clinic (or residency) you have to learn German language (level B2/C1). You could learn the language either in India or in Germany – both options have got their own pros and cons. If you wish to conduct research work, English is the working language.

      Since April 2012, doctors from non-EU countries (including India) are eligible to obtain a medical license to practice in Germany.

      You could check out the web site “Make It In Germany”. Right now Germany has got a huge requirement of medical doctors (along with professionals from IT, Engineering/Technology, Natural Sciences and Mathematics background). Any qualified foreign national can enter Germany under Job Search Visa. Later you have to apply for Work Permit once you get a job.

      If you are earning at least 48,000 Euros per year (37,752 Euros per year for medical doctors, and in 2014 Medical Doctors used to earn minimum 49,000 Euros per year), you can apply for the Residency (EU Blue Chip Card).

      So, it is possible and relatively feasible to work and stay in Germany if you are a medical doctor. For more details, please check out the following links:

      You could also inquire about opportunities and guidance (regarding application and visa formalities) by sending email to

      I hope this helps.

      Best Wishes,


  8. DEEPA HALDAR says:


    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Deepa,

      I am glad that you found my previous useful.

      In Netherlands, there are lot of regulations when it comes to foreign doctors practicing in Netherlands. Knowledge of Dutch language is an obvious requirement. But, the critical requirement is that the doctor needs to have a permanent residence permit for the Netherlands (as a refugee
      or as a result of having a Dutch partner). However, if you are interested in clinical or translational research, Netherlands would be a great choice. You could apply for a PhD position. Netherlands is one of the biggest hubs in Europe that conducts several studies on big cohorts. You have don your MD in Clinical Biochemistry, so you will find a lot of labs/groups in Utrecht, Leiden, Mastricht, Amsterdam, Wageningen etc. After finishing PhD (for MDs PhD will take 3 years unlike people from natural/basic sciences background, for whom PhD takes 4 years), you can start working as a Resident in Clinical Biochemistry (after passing the State exam Dutch as a foreign language). You can also contact Professors (with MD background) regarding possibilities of internship or visit.

      So, you can see that there is definitely opportunity, but it will be a little long. During my stay in Holland (1.5 years), I had met quite a few non-Dutch doctors (working in clinic) in Holland. But, I didn’t come across that many non-EU doctors working in the clinic. But, I met a lot of Asian doctors (MBBS and MD) for research visits and PhD studies.

      Regarding Belgium, I haven’t got that much information about the working opportunities of of foreign doctors. You could also try Finland, Austria and Norway in Europe. Those countries have also got decent opportunities for foreign doctors. Outside Europe, New Zealand and Canada would be two good options.

      Good luck!

  9. DEEPA HALDAR says:

    Thanks again Tanmoy. U r doing a GREAT help to ur fellow countrymates. God bless.

  10. Punitha Suresh says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    I read your post, it gave lot of clarification, my daughter is going to appear for her board exams on march, her first idea is MBBS, plan b i was searching because she is not interested in paramedical stuff like many (physiothearpy, occupational therapy,speech and hearing etc) i chanced upon bachelor in biomedical sciences in Sri Ramachandra university, i live in chennai, my daughter is very interested in biology and physics, i read about the departments in the university website and they had mentioned about computing, my daughter had secured 96% in her tenth fairly good in computers but she says if it is very technical she might find it very hard, have you any idea about it, i told her it wont be like information tech, comp tech or comp engineering…After she finishes her bachelor in biomedical sciences, can she do her masters abroad or any good university in India, what will be her paypacket…for a bachelor in India.. We are middle income group family

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Dear Punitha,

      If your daughter’s first choice is MBBS, then she should go after it. It is true that now-a-days around 35,000 students compete for 1 govt-funded medical seat; and private medical education is way expensive. But, I hope she does well in entrance exam. Medical Schools in Germany and Caribbean would be good alternatives – just for your information.

      Regarding Bachelor in Bio-Medical Sciences – I guess your daughter is not interested in programming and related stuff. I would advise not to go after Bioinformatics, Genetics. B.Tech in Biotechnology, or B.Sc. in Biochemistry or Biophysics could be good options.

      In India, VIT, Amity University, Thapar University, Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, BIT Meshra, Manipal, Thapar University, BMS College for Women (Bangalore), Pondicherry University are decent ones in the field.

      She can do her Bachelors from abroad as well. Germany, Sweden, Finland, Ireland would be very good options, and relatively much affordable in comparison to other countries like US, UK, Australia. Germany is really good, as it charges LOW or NO tuition fees from international students (tuition fees would be like 10,000 – 50,000 INR per year); and there is huge demand for bio-medical scientists in Germany these days.

      Masters from abroad is always a suggestion from my side, at least for bio-medical field. Regarding salary in India after Bachelors – please refer to the article above.

      I wish your daughter good luck for her Board exams.


  11. punitha says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    Thanx a lot of enlightening us, my daughter is now keen on going for Biomedical science, she is keeping her fingers crossed, how much would masters abroad would roughly cost(Fees ,accommodation) and everything.

    Punitha Suresh

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Cost of Master level courses in abroad depends on a lot of factors – country, university, specialization etc. Countries like Finland, Norway, Germany do not charge any tuition fees, whereas education in Australia, US could be expensive (if you do not get partial/full scholarship). In terms of range the total cost (fees and living expenses for 1.5 – 2 years) could be as low as INR 5 – 7 Lakhs, and as high as INR 30 – 40 Lakhs.

  12. Raj says:

    Hai Tanmoy,

    I finished M.B.B.S last year, I wanted to study Advanced PG diploma in stem cells n regenerative medicine, but i could not furnish 60 % aggregate of my qualifying exam. I have only 59.7%. I’m confused, I want to work in any of the foreign country as a general practitioner with good salary. How should i prepare myself to land a job in there. or help me how can I continue my ambition towards choosing a stem cell research career in future.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Raj,

      You have got quite a few avenues open. You could go for Masters in Stem Cells Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, if you wish to stay in the research (clinical or basic) field. After that, you can go for a PhD. US, UK and Australia would be good options for that track. Even Holland and Germany are nice. You might think that 1-2 years of Masters, followed by 3-4 of PhD – that’s a long track. But, in the long-term it would be beneficial. That is why I would suggest a Masters from the UK (Masters in 1 year over there). You can then go for a PhD or for clinical research opportunities in UK and/or Europe.

      In case you want to work as a GP, you need to clear the exams of respective countries. But, since you are interested in stem cell research, you should go for that. Being from MBBS background would help you big time.

      Best Wishes,


  13. pawan kumar says:

    hello ,
    Thankyou so much for your detailed information reagrding Biomedical sciences. My daughter has done btech in biomedical engineering from MIT manipal. She wants to pursue a masters program in Biomedical engineering in UK. Many of the UK degrees are not recognised in India as the course duration is just 1 year as compared to USA and India (2 years).Should she go for masters there? what are the job prospects? Are there any courses like (MBA plus Masters in biomedical)? can she go for bioinformatics ? she is applying in University of Edinburgh for their MSc program in Bioinformatics.
    i would highly appretiate your valuable advice in this matter.

  14. Tanmoy Ray says:


    One-year Masters from the UK is a good option if you consider that your daughter will be saving one year time. That doesn’t hamper the prospects of employment in India or anywhere else. But, in case she comes back to India for PhD, Govt. sector jobs or Faculty position, then she could face problems (UGC and other Indian universities do not recruit lecturers with 1-year MSc degree). But, if she wants to go for a PhD in abroad or any other job in the UK or Europe, then there is no problem.

    I haven’t come across any decent course that deals with Biomedical Science and Management at the same time. Bioinformatics is a very good option and the career prospects are excellent. Job market in the UK is competitive indeed. But, options within the academia (positions like Research Assistant) are quite good. What she could do – MSc in Bioinformatics followed by a research assistant position and then she could pursue PhD in the UK, US or Europe.

    Good Luck!

  15. Kavita says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    My daughter has completed B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biochemistry and now pursuing M.Sc. (Biomedical Science) from ACBR, DU.

    She is in a fix what to do further, M.B.A., or a job or some other course so that she could earn a better salary. Looking at fresher level jobs, she finds that the salaries at entry level are very low as compared to other fields. She is also planning to appear for NET exam in the near future. She is not much interested in Ph.D.

    Could you please guide me, what could be the options available for her.

    Best regards,

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Dear Kavita,

      It’s fine that your daughter is not interested in doing a PhD. In fact that is good that she knows what she doesn’t want to do. After finishing M.Sc. she will have the option to be a Faculty member (if she wants to be in teaching). Alternatively, she could also move in to Big Data field. Now-a-days the IT companies do hire Domain experts, so she could contribute to the Life Sciences domain.

      I won’t suggest to do MBA without some work experience, especially after considering her background. After M.Sc. she could also join a biotech-pharmaceutical company. I agree that the starting salary won’t be always too lucrative (that is a real problem in India within the bio-medical domain). While working she could do PGDM or a course on Regulatory Affairs in correspondence. Those things will certainly help her to get a salary hike after 2 years. Alternatively, she could go for full-time MBA after 2 years of job in the life sciences domain. She could take preparation for CAT/MAT during those 2 years.

      Hope this helps.


  16. sameeksha says:

    Hi Tanmay,

    Your Article and replies are very informative. I have done my B’tech in Bio-technology. I have received offer of admission for Msc in Food Tech from Wageningen University, Netherlands. Is it worthwhile taking the offer? what are the chances of getting Phd opportunities there after completion of Msc and If not what are the job prospects. Can you please enlighten ASAP as i need to take a decision in few days.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Sameeksha,

      Wageningen University is a very good university. More importantly, the Dutch education system is really great (I can say that from my own experience). The M.Sc. Food Technology is a very specialized field, and you will find a lot of career options. There quite a few good companies, and lot of start-up firms in Holland. So, if you plan and execute carefully, you shouldn’t face too many problems.

      Dutch degrees are respected throughout the globe. If you do well during your studies, and specially during your internships (ideally in Holland you are supposed to undertake one 9-months and one 6-month internship – hence the education is very practical-oriented), you will definitely stand in good stead to get a PhD offer in Holland and in the other countries. Another plus point for the Food Tech domain – the field never gets affected that much due to recession and/or financial crisis.

      One more advice – In Netherlands 90% of people speak very good English. But, in terns of increasing your chance for employment do try to learn Dutch (or may be German/French – that would be beneficial if you want to look for better scopes in Europe as a whole). Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark – these are some big players in that market; and knowing one of those languages will help you a lot.

      Good Luck.

  17. champaka says:

    I am doing my Bsc (a 3 year course) in biotechnology, chemistry and botany . I want do my Msc in US and i am confused about the subject which i should take for my Msc .can you suggest the fields which has A lot of scope for it in US? And since Bsc is a 4 year degree in US is it possible for me to do my Msc there.I am interested in doing research but my family says that i should get an MBA since the salary for a research scientist is low. Is getting into a research field a good idea? or should i go for MBA? I am really confused.Please suggest something

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Champaka,

      If you are really motivated about research, then you should go for it. You could also do an MBA after 3-4 years of working in the research domain if you want to get a super hike in salary. MBAs with research experience get paid really well. Doing an MBA straightaway after Bachelors won’t do too much in terms of a well-paid job.

      Regarding Masters in the US – yes few universities won’ accept 3-years Bachelors. But, that’s not true for all the universities. There are more than 300 Tier 1 universities in the US. If do good in GRE, TOEFL/IELTS and submit excellent statements and recommendation letters – you will get in to good schools.

      All The Best!!!

  18. Aishwarya Garg says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    I just read your detailed article on Bio-medical Sciences on MBA Crystal Ball since I have been researching career options for my younger sister who has just finished class 12th.

    We are currently settled in Dubai, UAE and her board of education is A(america) level.

    She was planning to go for MBBS, but we spoke to a lot of doctor friends who advised us against it. Especially since the program is pretty expensive when you go through the NRI quota for the medical colleges in India. And doing a MD is highly crucial to do well.

    We have been looking at the bio-medical sciences field as an alternative since she is definitely keen on biology but not as much on physics and maths. Hence we ruled out Biotechnology and Biomedical Engg.

    Time is already running out for admission applications and I wanted your advice on what we should do? She is fairly intelligent and we wanted to send her for a program where she has good scope for development and is not stuck at a desk job.
    As I had read in your article as well, graduate jobs for Biomed sciences in India doesn’t pay well enough for one to make ends meet.

    Could you suggest which course we should look at? Also, what countries/colleges would be the most apt for it?

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Aishwarya,

      It’s not that biomedical jobs don’t pay well in India. It’s a bit competitive at the entry-level. With good degree (M.Sc. and/or PhD) it is a good field. The field is not always for the mediocre students. If your sister is intelligent and passionate about biology, she could do really well.

      She could go for Bachelors in Biotechnology (that does not involve too much of Physics or Mathematics); bio-medical engineering will involve a lot of Physics though. Alternatively she could go for B.Sc. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry. In India there are lot of good colleges, especially in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Pondichery University, Amity University are very good options, but NOT the only ones.

      Outside India, she could go to UK or Ireland – they are very good options, and there is still some time left for the application deadline (for Fall 2015 intake). Deadlines for most of the other countries in Europe are around Jan – Apr. You can find some options in Germany as well; few German universities have got deadlines in June/July. You could also try Netherlands. It is actually quite late for Sweden, Norway, Finland and some other good destinations.

      In the UK you can find a lot of excellent options including Warwick, Nottingham, Glasgow, King’s College, Queen’s University, Manchester, Aston, Cardiff, Ulster, Aberdeen etc. In Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Limerick, UCD are very good options. In the Netherlands Utrecht, Leiden, VU Amsterdam, TU Delft are excellent options for international students. However, I am not too sure about the application deadlines.

      Australia is also an option, but there could be two problems. The next intake is Feb/Mar 2016 (I hope the deadlines are already gone for July intake); and Australia is more expensive than UK as well (both fees and living expenses). But, scholarships are available, and part-time work really pays very well in Australia.

      I hope this helps.


  19. aditi chhibber says:

    Hi Tanmoy!
    I am doing bsc in biomedical sciences from delhi university and its my second year! Unfortunately I am not gaining any interest in research field but I want to do masters in dietetics or nutrition .Could you please tell me If its possible as when I searced on internet in most of the places they mentioned about bsc in home science as a qualification and if its possible could you please help in telling me about where to apply and what to do. as I am in a utter confusion!

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Aditi,

      If you are not finding the biomedical field interesting enough, then don’t force it. Leaving the field will be a good option. Unfortunately, I have not got that much idea about Nutrition and Dietetics. However, you could think about doing a Masters in Food Science or Food Technology. With this career path you can get closer to your field of interest.

      Best Wishes,


  20. aryan says:

    How to do HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist if we possess a post graduation in Microbiologyfrom Indian universities? pls do reply

  21. Varsha says:

    Hi Tanmoy,
    I finished my B.Tech in Biotechnology from SMVIT in 2013, since then I completed a PG Diploma course in Clinical Research and right now I am working as a Pre-Sales Executive in a Healthcare distribution company. I joined the company a year ago and after six months I realized that I want to study further. So I used up all my savings and applied for US universities. I was interested in Biomedical Engineering and as my job dealt with a lot of medical softwares, I chose the same. Right now I have 3 admits for MS in BME: SUNY Buffalo, UT Dallas and UT Arlington. Can you please tell me which one would be a better university??? Would the transition from Biotech to Biomedical be a difficult one??? I want to specialize in Biomaterials. Your article was extremely helpful and I hope that you’ll reply. Thanks in advance.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Varsha,

      I believe you have taken a very good decision. If you enjoyed the working with medical software and motivated for higher studies, you should go for it. Do not worry about the transition too much. Although in were involved in marketing and sales, you should be alright. You would also need to cover little bit of Medical Physics, but not too much Mathematics.

      First of all, all those 3 schools are excellent choices for Biomaterials. If you want to work on Biomaterials, UT Dallas would be a great choice. UT Arlington is also good choice, but the program is slightly inclined towards engineering. So, it’s up to you. But, UT Arlington has got great funding (which might be problem at Dallas in bagging a Scholarship) and the program is quite inter-disciplinary. SUNY Buffalo might be the best option according to me. But, you should check the profile and project/research pages of the faculty members of those three schools and then decide.

      All the best!


  22. chris says:

    Hey i am in my 2nd year of biomedical even tho i have so much passion for research nd all the salary prospects dnt look favourable being a doctor affords me d salary i desire but i dnt want to do medicine just for d money tho am having thots of doin postgraduate medicine am in quite a dilema wat do u suggest

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Chris,

      You could go for 4-year MD after finishing your BS. Later you could go for a PhD as well in order to work in the clinic and in the research field as well. MD-PhD track is a hardcore track and demands lot of motivation and perseverance. But, you could go after your passion (research work) and the money.

      Just one thing – if you don’t like clinical stuff at all – DO NOT go for MD course just for the sake of money. Research might not give you six digit salary – but you would still earn USD 50,000 – 60,000 per year and you would be happy as well. With experience and working in the industry (not academia), you will earn more in the.


    • Varsha says:

      Hello Sir,
      Thank you for the reply.

  23. abhijna says:

    Hey Tanmoy,
    I’m in my 2nd year BSc my subjects are chemistry, biotechnology and botany. i want to do my masters ..but I’m confused as to what subject i should take up can you please suggest some fields which has great scope in india and I’m really not interested in doing research or teaching. What are the other options that i have?

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Abhijina,

      If you’re not interested in research or teaching, you could consider a career in Pharmaceutical Sales & Marketing, Pharmacovigilance / Regulatory Affairs and even Medical Writing. All these three options have got good scopes in India.


  24. Tanya Thomas says:

    Hi Tanmoy!

    I’ve completed my 12th and am planning to do B.Tech Biomedical Engineering. Medicine has always been my dream, but due to tough competition in India and very less no. of seats, I don’t think I’ll be able to do MBBS. Is it possible to get into Medicine after BME? I’d like to do my Masters abroad like in Germany, Phillippines or US. Can I do MD directly after BME or do I have to start all over from MBBS? Or is there no way of getting into Medicine?


    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Tanya,

      If you wish to go for MD, it would be better if you do your Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences rather than Biomedical Engineering. You could got for MD after BMS in Phillippines or Caribbean.

      • Tanya Thomas says:

        But I’ve already got admission in Vellore Institute of Technology on scholarship basis for BME. How do I turn that down? Isn’t it possible to get admission for MD through degree in BME?

        • Tanmoy Ray says:

          Hi Tanya,

          If you have already got a Scholarship from VIT, you can take the offer. You could still go for MD. But, as per as my knowledge, BMS is more helpful than BME. I would also suggest you to talk to few other people as well (in case you are in a dilemma).

          Best Wishes,

          • Tanya Thomas says:

            Hi Tanmoy,
            So there isn’t any need to do MBBS right? Which universities provide this facility?


          • Tanmoy Ray says:

            Hi Tanya,

            VIT is a good institute, and I am pretty sure you will enjoy the course. It is not an alternative of MBBS. But, you will enjoy it.

            Regarding your query – Which universities provide this facility? – Which facility are you talking about?

  25. Subhra Sundar Goswami says:

    Hi Tanmoy
    I am going to finish my PhD in Bio Medical Engineering within 1 year. Before PhD I studied Computer Sc in my bachelors and masters degree in India. Now I am doing my PhD from Madrid, spain. I am also going to John Hopkins University for some research work for 4 months. Can you tell me what are the opportunities for me in India with this background? I prefer some R&D in some Govt institute or in industry than purely academic job. Do medical institutes(AIIMS, PGI etc) in India accept PhDs as faculty?


    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Subhra,

      It would be better if you do a 3-year stint as a Post-doc if you want to join as a Faculty member at AIIMS or PGI. You should also try IISER. You could also return to India straightaway after finishing PhD to join a Biotech company or a research institute. My advice would be start looking for options around 6 months before coming to India. You could get in touch with Talent Acquisition Professionals, HR Recruiters and PIs on LinkedIn. Considering your background, you could also consider the IT/Big Data field.

      All The Best!

  26. Supriya Adak says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    I gave my entrance for medical but I didn’t get a good seat in government and also I was more interested in research field so I’m currently doing BSc in life science. I wished to know which profession would be the best if I want to do research in medicine and can I do it from life science?
    Also I’d like to work abroad so what would be the requirements and degrees?
    Also I want to the salary of it? And is along with research can I do teaching too?
    I’m kind off really confused!

    Thank you!

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Supriya,

      You could do your MSc in Bio-Medical Sciences (if you want a broad expertise). Alternatively, go for a specific domain – MSc in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Pharmacology, Immunology or Pharmacology. It is not a problem to move in to Medical Research with a Life Science background.

      Regarding your other queries – you will find the answers in the blog above.

  27. Shikha shukla says:

    Hey Tanmoy,
    I am currently doin Bsc. My subject combination is Chemistry-zoology-lifesciences.i wanted to go for mbbs and last year like i gave medical entrances, I got in Bds wherin I wasn’t actually I rather opted for BSc as a backup . but now I wish to continue with it. I love chemistry as well as lifesciences. And That’s why I am supercnfused. If I go for masters what subject should I take up? Also my Dad wants me to go for MBA after BSc. Which has better scope between MBA and MSc?I would like to work abroad. Are there any better options other than these? Please suggest me something.
    Thank you!

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Shikha,

      Since you are interested in research, and love Chemistry & Life Science – My suggestion would be to go for a Masters in Molecular Chemistry, Protein Chemistry, Drug Design or Molecular Medicine. Try to do one or two Research Projects in your 2nd and 3rd year outside your host institute during your Bachelors (that would add value to your CV) when you apply for Masters program in abroad.

      Research work in Chemistry-Life Science combination is excellent in Denmark (excellent for Peptide and Protein based Drug Development), Germany (traditional heaven for research in Chemistry), Sweden & Holland (excellent science and very entrepreneurial), Poland (not many people know, but it is a great place for the particular field of research). A good degree from any of these countries will allow you to work in abroad while chasing your passion.

  28. radha says:

    Hello sir,
    I have completed B.E (Biomedical) in year 2014 and I am currently working as biomedical design engineer with a orthopedic implants manufacturing company.I wanna continue in the same field of designing medical devices and implants,basically in research and development.I would like to ask you various healthcare company details in India which recruits design engineers and their eligibility criteria.Because as per my knowledge these companies only recruits for sales and service engineer.I need your guidence.looking forward to hearing from you.Thank you

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Radha,
      Unfortunately not many companies get engaged in research within the biomedical engineering domain in India. However, you could try GE and the academic institutes.

  29. yogita pal says:

    Hi, Tanmoy,
    Thank you for your detailed information about biomedical sciences.
    I have completed my B.pharm and now I am pursuing M.Sc (biomedical sciences) from ACBR, DU. I am so confused for my career with MSc as i wanted to do m.pharm but couldn’t get the admission. Plz suggest me is MSc in biomedical sciences beneficial for me or not? M I on the right track or not? Also suggest some good career options in govt as well as in private sector.
    Waiting for your reply.
    Best regards
    Yogita pal

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Yogita,

      If you are interested in the research career, then you are in the right track. Do try to get a research project (as project assistant or intern) in another place – research institutes (IICB, CCMB, NCBS, IISC etc.) or company (Biocon, Piramal, Quintiles, Serum Institute etc.) during MSc. An internship outside the host institute will be very helpful for any sector. You could also start preparing for NET/SET for opportunities in the Government sector. Regarding opportunities in the private sector, get in touch with the right people.

      Best Wishes,


  30. Megha Goyal says:

    Hello sir

    I have completed my 12th this year with the subjects Biology, Physics and Chemistry. I’m very keen at getting into Molecular Medicine Research. I’m confused whether i should with a MBBS course or B.Sc courses. I am also appearing for the entrance examinations of premier research institutes like NISER (NEST) and IISER. I need your views regarding which path would be apt and better. Looking forward to your answer.

    Thank you

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Megha,

      If you are convinced about having a career in the field of Molecular Medicine, then going for Biomedical Sciences would be better. You could shift to Molecular Medicine after MBBS, but you need to switch to a slightly different track. However, if you wish to pursue research while staying in the Clinical Medicine – then MBBS would be suitable. But, for Molecular Medicine, MBBS won’t add too much of added value.

      For B.Sc. – try to go for Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Cell Biology. NISER and IISER are really good institutes. I personally know a lot of IISER alumni who got in to PhD positions at institutes like Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, Utrecht, Max Planck etc. Most of the Faculty members at IISERs are those who have completed PhD and/or Postdoc from abroad. So, the teaching and research guidance are really good. NISER is also very good and prestigious as well. You could also try NCBS (Bangalore) and CCMB (Hyderabad).

      All The Best!

      • Megha Goyal says:

        Hello Sir

        Thank you for the insight you have given regarding the institutes I’m interested in. Yes, I’m convinced about the research field. Will look forward to discussing with you after my results are out.

        Best wishes. Hoping to read more articles penned by you.
        Thank you!

  31. aiswaria lekshmi says:

    Hi Tanmoy,
    i am Aiswaria i have jst now completed my 12th i have tried the medical entrance bt was not able get a good seat in a govt college. now after searching the net i think i have an interest in pursuing a course in biomedical sciences. wat do think abt my decision? wat do you think abt the job opportunities in this field?
    thank you

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Aiswaria,

      As you can see from the blog that the field of bio-medical sciences is very closely related to the field of medicine. If you have got a knack for research, you could go for it. There are lot of job opportunities – biotech, healthcare, IT (big data). The research sector is challenging, but rewarding as well. Most importantly, a research career comes with a lot of flexibility as well. However, you should bear in mind that – in India, the starting average salary is low. But, it does go up with factors like higher degree (Masters or PhD), experience, abroad study etc.

      Good Luck.

  32. Aishwarya pratap says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    My son completed M. pharmacy and doing job in regulatory affairs in pharmaceutical industry. He now asking us for help to guide his carrier in bio medical science. But we are suggesting him to go on with Regulatory job. Is it OK to study this or continuing in Regulatory is good. He afraid of jobs out of India for regulatory jobs since he is just 1 year experienced. Can you help me that whether he can get any job in Germany or other countries for Regulatory jobs. Thank you

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hello Mrs. Pratap,

      What I can understand from reading your blog is that your son is not enjoying the Regulatory Affairs (RA) job, and hence he wants to switch to the Research domain. Regulatory Affairs is quite different from the Bio-Medical Research. So, he will have to do a Masters in Biomedical Science (or related field). Alternatively, he can go for MBA.

      As far as I know, there is not that much of demand of RA jobs in Germany (unlike the research roles).

      Another thing that I would like to suggest (if your son doesn’t want to go for another Masters degree) – switch to Medical Writing. Medical Writing does involve quite a lot of research work (though not laboratory-based); and the field does accept people from RA background.

      I hope this helps. Do write me again if you need any further information.



  33. Shimaila says:

    Hey Tanmoy.
    I came across this page while researching job opportunities after studying biomedical science and i commend the job you did here! Your information helped me a lot.b
    I’m a 12th passed student and i’ve applied to universities in UK for BSc. in Biomedical Sciences. I’m not too sure about accepting the offers i’ve got because i was unsure about the returns i’d get since the undergrad would cost me a real lot and i need it to be worth it.
    What do you suggest? Doing undergrad in India or in UK? How does having a UK undergrad degree help my cause here when it comes to looking for a job at the early stages?
    Also, please guide me as to what’s next after BSc. :) Thanks a ton. Hoping to hear from you soon.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Shimaila,

      Thanks for your query.

      My advice would be – if you’ve already decided to study B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences in the UK, then go for it (provided you’re also fine with the costs). If you can afford it, you should go for it. The advantages (of studying in the UK) are – better curriculum, training and exposure. After studying for 2 years, you also get the Placement Year in the UK. During your placement year, you work as an intern in a company. The placement year is great for work experience, and you can also recover a chunk (say 40 – 50 %) of your tuition fees. After placement year, you return to the University for finishing your 3rd (final) year. In final year, you will need to work on your research project and write a dissertation. Hence, you earn a quality degree and a work experience in 4 years.

      After B.Sc. you will have multiple options – go back to the company (where you did your placement year) for full-time job, or go for higher degree (M.Sc.). You can also go for PhD after you work for 2 – 4 years after finishing your B.Sc. In the UK, you don’t necessarily need to do a Masters in order to be eligible for PhD.

      Getting an internship and/or job is not a cakewalk anywhere including India, and that also in the filed of biomedical sciences (the field is really competitive anywhere in the world). If you fund your studies through bank loan, then there will be a mental burden as well. But, if you study hard and work smartly, you will not need to worry a lot. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most people. If you are confident, and can manage to fund your studies without a huge amount of bank loan (or be rock-steady with a 15-20 lakhs loan), then do go for it.

      Best Wishes,


  34. shruti says:

    hey tanmoy,
    My daughter wants a career as a biomedical scientist.she has given her s.s.c. exams this year.So i wanna figure out whether which subjects she should opt for in class 11.Is it PCMB or PCB??And your article really helped me to solve many questions regarding this field.Thanks a lot!!

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hello Shruti,

      PCB would be good enough if she wants to go for Biomedical Sciences. But, PCMB will be helpful if she wants to go for Biomedical Engineering. I would suggest going for the PCMB option for keeping options open.

      Best Wishes,


  35. Rajeeb Kumar Roy says:

    Hello Tanmoy,
    I have completed Master in Veterinary Pharmacology in 2007 and have been in academic since then. I am trying to get absorbed into Industrial job, but not getting enough options. I have done research in pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone in goats, screening of trypanocidal drug resistance in cattle.
    Please suggest me, regarding the options of entering industrial jobs. Shall I go for doing MBA? My toefl score is 100/120.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Rajeeb,

      Yes, the options within Veterinary Pharmacology are relatively limited (if not nil) in India. But, you could find few options if you get in touch with the right people. The Indian Pharma-Biotech industry is a little bit tricky one. You could try the CROs (rather than just big companies) and try to contact the Talent Acquisition professionals. You could also try the in vivo biology roles within CROs and biotech companies.

      I don’t think an MBA will help you to get in to research roles within the industry. You could do MBA for other kind of roles though.

      If you are considering study abroad (since you have already appeared for TOEFL), you can go for MS or PhD in case you want to go further within the research domain.

      I assume you are passionate about research. So, don’t go for unnecessary MBA program just to get absorbed in the industry. However, if you are interested in managing projects and business planning (and not just lab work), then MBA would be a wise step indeed.

      Good Luck!

  36. Apoorva says:

    Hello sir
    I just gave my MBBS test and other exams too,and i really dont think with such cut throat competition i will get a GOOD college.
    I am looking forward to do Bsc . which one should i opt for Bsc in life science,biomedical science,microbiology or Bsc Zoology. And what are all the scope abroad after i complete my Bsc? Or should i dop a year to prepare for my medical exam?
    and even if i think of doing simultaneously these courses along with preparing for AIPMT which one will be fruitful? please sir reply asap

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Apoorva,

      If you want to stay in line with the Medical field, Biomedical Science would be a good option. If you wish to give your MBBS plan another shot, you could get in to Life Science. B.Sc. Microbiology would be a good option as well, since you could keep both options open – MBBS and Bio-medical research.

      Best Wishes,


  37. alisa says:

    HI SIR,
    I’ve given MBBS entrance exams this year but I don’t have any hope of getting through any medical college.
    Can you please tell me which would be better -doing BSc. in zoology and then doing MSc. in forensic science,
    OR, doing BSc. and then MSc. in biomedical science?

    also plese tell me some good colleges in India for pursuing either of these degrees and their present pay scale..
    Hoping for an early reply…

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Alisa,

      Between B.Sc. Zoology or B.Sc. Biomedical Science, I would suggest biomedical science option. You could also consider B.Sc. Chemistry. A strong foundation in chemistry would also prepare you for both fields – Biomedical Science and Forensic Science.

      If you are passionate about forensic science – you should try CCMB (Hyderabad). Regarding colleges you should do a little bit of research and ask some other experts. You can try as well.

      Regarding pay scale, please refer to the article above. Hope this helps.

      All The Best


  38. anusha says:

    sir, i gave aipmt this year but am not getting good i thought of doing bsc(H) biomedical sciences.will i be eligible to give mbbs entrance while doing or after doing this course? i am not intrested in doing life science and microbiology.

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Anusha,

      You can appear for MBBS entrance exams while studying B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences. You can even go for Fast Track MD program (4-year) in abroad (UK, Poland, Caribbean-US) after finishing BSc in Biomedical Sciences.

  39. adhikaran says:

    I am bachelor in dental surgery a 5 year graduate program ,I want to enquire about if i can apply for master’s program in biomedical engineering in usa or canada.I am not able to clearly find out the process and if there are any prerequisites .

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Adhikaran,

      You would be eligible for Masters in Biomedical Sciences in US, Canada or Europe. For Masters in Biomedical Engineering, you need to check the websites of particular universities. The best way would be sending email to the admission team of respective universities.

  40. Anusha says:

    are we eligible to give aipmt after doing bsc(H) biomedical sciences?

  41. Amanda Dsouza says:

    Hi Sir
    Currently I’m doing my BSC in Microbiology.And I’m interested in research institutes or in pathology. Which profession could be better but I’m really confused.And I would also like to work abroad so what are particular degrees for it?.And please can you tell me whether any such institutes are there in India?I would like study here but would like to work Abroad
    Thank You

  42. NIRMAL BAKSHI says:



  43. RASHI says:


    I did 12th this year and gave mbbs entrance exams but I think I will not be able to clear it for govt. seat
    i recently found an option doing B.Sc. in biomedical science , this is very new to me
    i am really good in biology but have no interest in maths, physics and
    i am very confused to opt between B.Sc.Zoology/ Biomedical Science.
    Please advise me career opportunities in both

    Also please advise me best colleges for above mentioned in DU as I lives in Delhi

    An early reply is highly appreciated.

  44. Sheba says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    Thankyou for this page full of insights into the fields of Biomedical Sciences. My daughter has been very keen in research in this field, and has completed her X Std recently. We have screened out a few prospective colleges for her to explore : IIT-M(BS-MS dual degree in Biological Sciences), BS (in Biomedical Sciences) from Ramachandra University. We have also considered IISER-TVM and IISc-Bangalore and VIT(BS-MS in Biotechnology). She is keen on the science side and not the technology part of it.

    My questions are:
    1. What are the research prospects in the Indian institues?
    2. With Stem cell(IIT_M) and Genetics research coming up in India, would it still be advisable to go abroad to do research in this field?
    3. Would it be advisable to move overseas for research, at a Masters or a Phd level? Which level is preferable?
    4. Keeping costs in mind, which countries should we look at, and how good are the prospects there?

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Sheba,

      All those institutes are very good.

      In my opinion, it’s better to have a degree (MS or PhD) from abroad in order to go up the career ladder in quick time. That also helps to conduct better research after coming back to India. At Masters level, Germany, UK, Sweden, Finland are good destinations. For PhD, you could also think about US.Since, she is in Class XI now, there is still some time left.

      Best Wishes,


  45. Nidhin says:

    Sir . I did my degree in bsc physics and now looking for a suitable pg course I heard about Master of Applied Science (Bio Medical Instrumentation) is this course help me to find a job in good salary rate ?? can u help me ?? Confused abt what to do

  46. samanwita sarkar says:

    Hello Sir,
    i am a final year Btech biotechnology student, i want to pursue masters in the field of stemcell and regenerative medicine.
    i plan to apply for my masters in Europe.

    i wish to take your advice about which institution in europe are good for this course, and what are the future prospect for me after my masters in this field in india and abroad ? .

    thank you and regards
    samanwita sarkar

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Samanwita,

      There are lot of good institutes in Europe. The list would be too long.

      If you ask me about UK, then you could try Kings College London, Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh and University College London are the top ones. Durham and Sheffield are also great in that field.
      I would advise you to look in to this site –
      You can then have a good idea about which institute doing what.

      Good Luck.

  47. Shanky says:

    Hi Tanmoy,

    I really liked the way you illustrated all FAQs about Biomedical Sciences. You are really doing a great job.

    I have done my graduation in Biomedical Science from UK, thereafter I completed my M.Sc in Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine (Manipal University, India). After Post-graduation I worked as production executive in Stem cell research company for a year. Due to lack of growth and low pay, I shifted to Sales and Marketing, I am currently working in stem cell Banking company as a sales executive.

    I still wish to do something good and creative in what I have studied…I always thought of doing PhD in tissue engineering. Could you please guide me a way through. I am still confused whether I should opt for PhD / MBA? which would give better job prospects and pay ( as I invested lots of money in my studies)

    Thanks and Regards

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Shanky,

      If you have been in sales and marketing for more than 1-2 years, then it might be little hard to get in to a PhD program in Europe, but not impossible. To start with — get back in touch with your tutors from Bachelors and let them know that you’re looking for PhD options in Europe. For US, you have to crack GRE, so start working on that. Side by side, start approaching PIs in the US.

      It’s possible to be creative while being in Marketing, but yes you won’t be dealing with technicalities of stem cells. If you are enjoying Marketing, MBA would be a better option. Sameer can help you with that. For PhD admission and options – I will be writing another blog for MBA Crystal Ball. So, stay tuned.

      Good Luck!

  48. NIRMAL BAKSHI says:

    Tanmoy Sir

    are you not giving answer to everyone

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Dear Mr. Bakshi,

      You could find answers in the blog and in the other comments. I have previously replied to two other queries regarding Bio-Physics domain. Plus, few comments on job applications as well.



  49. Rajeeb Kumar Roy says:

    Dear Tanmoy,
    Thank you very much for the insight you have given. I appreciate your efforts to give academic direction for the queries.

  50. Rajeeb Kumar Roy says:

    Dear Tanmoy,
    In reference to the previous advice, I will be grateful to know the following things.
    I am looking forward to do some short term training for one to two months, if possible in toxicology in India to as to increase my skills. Can you please suggest me some training institute which give such training, so that with the present education qualification (Master in Veterinary Science, Pharmacology and Toxicology) at least I can enter some CRO. I am also ready to work as volunteer , to hone up my skills.
    Moreover, you had mentioned about CRO, and talent acquisition professions. Will you please provide me more information about these things?
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks a lot.

  51. namrata says:

    Hi Tanmoy,
    First of all thank you so much for such helpful and encouraging replies and I do feel silly asking the almost the same query which in parts have been answered in your replies. But just to know more specifically, I just finished my MSc. in biomedical sciences from DU. Before entering MSc. i had attained a bachelors degree in Homeopathic Medicine ( BHMS) which was more a matter of chance and not choice since i couldn’t make into MBBS in first cut. I have always wanted to be a clinician but somehow didn’t enjoy the reputation homeopathy has in India which makes the practitioner suffer a lot. I wanted a more diverse field for my PG hence went for MSc.BMS. though it was mentioned to be a MSc.-PhD integrated course but didnt turn out so. Having my 6 month lab training for dissertation i realized i wouldnt want to get stuck with lab as a main routine of my life and really yearned for clinicals. Going through the threads i found an option of ‘fast track MD’. i did some search but so far i found its for PhD candiates. is PhD necessary? and does one get a residency after fast track MD? can you please suggest how to go about it, it would so so helpful. Also please suggest if i can land up with some substantial job offers which can club my UG & PG background.
    Dr.Namrata Mohan

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Namrata,

      Fast-Track MD (4-year Medical program) is for candidates who have already got a Bachelors degree (B.Sc.). It’s different to the MD-PhD program (which is a 3-year PhD program for Medical graduates). I think you got a little bit confused somewhere. So, you are eligible for fast-track MD, without doing a PhD.

      In case you wish you to get in to the Clinical Research domain without studying a 4-year program, you can consider a MS in Clinical Research or a professional course in Clinical Trials. Another option would be going for a PhD (if you wish).

      I hope this helps.

      Best Wishes,


  52. Varun says:

    Hi Tanmoy,
    I did my B.Pharm from India and Pharmacology from U.S. However, could not get a job in US for last 2 years though I completed SAS certification. Now I have got admission for Ph. US but I am in two minds. lLooking to job scenario and shortage of H1B visas, whether to go for Ph.D. or come to India and do whatever job I get. Incidently, should I try for R&D in Pharma companies or SAS related job in TCS/Cognizant etc?

    • Tanmoy Ray says:

      Hi Varun,

      In your case, it totally depends on your interests. If you have got passion for research, do accept the PhD offer. Even if you have to return to India after completing PhD, you will have better options. Since you struggled to get a suitable position in the last 2 years, the gap won’t help you to get a relevant position in India. The biomedical/life-science sector in India is really competitive.

      However, if you are thinking about switching career/domain – then do try the IT sector using your SAS certifications. Companies like Quintiles, Parexel and many others in Bangalore and Hyderabad would be good options besides conglomerates like TCS & Cognizant.

      Good Luck!


  53. Varun says:

    Thank you so much Tanmoy. You are really helpful .Will it be better to join small size CRO in India or try for TCS/Cognizant ?

  54. Sameer Kamat says:

    Dear Peepals,

    With all the comments this post has got, it has grown beyond it’s genetic capabilities.


    Instead, please post here on – Career advice on Biotechnology careers

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