There are specific degree requirements in order to enter the profession.

Applicants must hold a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) of which at least 80% of the course hours must be devoted to scientific and/or technical subjects. Please note the list below is for guidance only and is not intended to be exhaustive.

These are typical degree backgrounds of individuals who join the profession. Our own degree requirements may vary annually and are based on current business need. Please refer to individual job adverts for further details.

For more information about the profession and degree requirements, please refer to the section on registering for the EU Qualifying Exams on the EPO’s website.

Life Sciences (Pharma) and Chemistry & Materials

  • Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Natural Sciences (Chemistry Options)
  • Natural Sciences (Materials Options)
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Materials Science
  • Physiology

Engineering & Tech

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences Options)
  • Computer Science
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Maths

Life Sciences (Biotechnology)

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Biology
  • Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Natural Sciences (Biological Options)
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology