How do I become a...

There are a huge range of careers within Research. Some you can apply for straight from school. Others need further qualifications, or some work experience.

To help you get a better understanding of some of the careers available to you within Kings Health Partners, explore the information below. We’ll update this section regularly, with exciting new careers to get you inspired.

How do I become a...

Connecting information technology, biology and medicine is one of the fastest growing areas of research in an era of ‘Big Data’. It can have applications in everything from diagnostic testing and drug trials, to analysing the human genome. Working as part of a team that includes doctors and nurses as well as other IT specialists, you could get involved in anything from interpretation and integration of information, to playing a role in the development of new systems and software.

More about King’s College Informatics faculty.

  1. 5 GCSEs at A-C grades, including English, Maths and double science.
  2. 3 A Levels, ideally including one in Computer Science, Maths and a relevant science such as Biology or Chemistry.
  3. 2:1 degree (or above) in relevant subject, such as Software Engineering, Informatics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics or a related science degree with a software development component.
  4. EITHER Place on the graduate-entry NHS Scientist Training Programme, in the informatics pathway (divided into genomics, physical sciences and health informatics). This is a three-year paid traineeship leading to an MA. OR a PhD in informatics.

As well as delivering the highest quality patient care, the clinical research nurse helps develop and build teams that deliver research. Dealing with everything from data collection, to follow ups, to liaising with patient groups and industry partners, it’s a varied role. By playing a vital part in clinical research, you’ll help develop the most effective treatments of the future.


  1. 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (typically including English language or literature and a science subject).
  2. 2 A levels or equivalent (some Universities ask for 3).
  3. Choose whether you wish to be a nurse caring for adults, children (paediatric), those with mental health difficulties, or those with learning disabilities.
  4. Take a 3-year nursing degree, 50% of time spent in University, 50% in practical nursing placements.
  5. Complete your degree and register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Alternative route

  1. QCF qualification Level 3 in relevant subject such as Healthcare Support Services or Clinical Healthcare Support.
  2. Role as a Healthcare Assistant, gaining your NVQ Level 3.
  3. Part-time nursing degree 5-6 years, whilst still employed by the NHS.
  4. Complete your degree and register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You’ll get involved in research projects before they even begin, helping to plan the scope of the research, seek funding for the project and run feasibility studies. Once the project’s underway, you could be working anywhere from the lab, to a hospital ward where trials are taking place, to the office, collating and analysing research data. You’ll probably also be involved in keeping records and accounts of the research project. Once the study is over, you’ll also get involved in writing up articles and presenting findings at conferences.

This offers a really flexible career, where you can work in a series of contracts and in different places across the UK and beyond on a wide range of projects (although with so many research projects at King’s Health Partners, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to develop your career, managing your own projects).

  1. Five GCSEs at A-C grade, including Maths, English and 2 science subjects.
  2. 3 A Levels, generally including at least 2 of the following: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Maths.
  3. Science degree, that links to an area of research of interest (for example, Bio-chemistry, Physiology, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Pharmacology, Biology).
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