Kickstart your career and be part of a science driven, innovative community delivering medicines to patients across the globe!


About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose – to push the boundaries of science. This purpose underpins everything we do; our work helps to make hearts healthier, to help people breathe easier, and to help more people survive cancer. Every day, we make a difference by delivering potentially life-changing medicines to millions of people worldwide and by leading breakthrough science that promises to transform the treatment of disease.

Our purpose is results-oriented and so is our approach. Being an agile and creative company means building a dynamic, inspiring culture where we celebrate diverse, bold thinking. We are curious, creative, and open to new ideas and ways of working, and it takes the skills of a collaborative team to really deliver on what science can do.

About theprogramme

Forward-looking and rooted in ground-breaking science and technology, ourPharmaceuticalTechnology & Development (PT&D) Graduate Programme is made for those eager to feed their curiosity, ready to take the initiative, and keen to make an impact.

Starting in September 2024, the two-year programme consists of three individual eight-month placements. Each placement will provide you with fantastic insights into pharmaceutical technology and end to end lifecycle, and the opportunity to expand your knowledge in medicine design & development, commercialisation and supply to patients.


In PT&D, we turn molecules into medicines, from early discovery stages to clinical supply.You’llbe responsible for supporting the design and development of innovative products and manufacturing processes that impactpatients’ lives every day.You’ll bring your technical expertise and innovative thinking to tackle new scientific challenges by working in teams committed to delivering sustainable and impactful medicines.Help inspire change, embed sustainability, and be part of our exciting digital transformation!


The programme’s variety and flexibility provide a unique exposure to develop a broad skill base that will strengthen both your technical and managerial capabilities.Design your own programme withnumerous placements to choose from, including but not limited to laboratory-based projects, computational modelling, product and device development, data science and project management. Potential rotations could be indevelopment of oral medicine, inhaled products and devices, clinical supply chain, innovation projects, chemical development, pharmaceutical sciences and quality and control.

As well as helping you broaden your pharmaceutical development knowledge, we’ll help you develop ‘soft’ skills required to fulfil your career potential.You will be provided with guidance and advice from a huge support network, including a mentor, and we’ll also support you in growing your own network with experts and leaders across the business.


This is aprogramme for self-starting, highly motivatedindividuals with a real passion for science and innovation, a place to challenge yourself and build the skills, confidence and network to grow your career and change patients’ lives.

Essential requirements

Graduates in chemistry and related subjects, pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences,chemical/mechanical/device engineering, physics, data science, biosciencesor related subjects, who have completed their first degree or Masters in 2023, or are due to graduate by September 2024 with a 2:1 or higher or equivalent grading.

  • Innovators whose passion matches their scientific expertise.
  • Confidence and desire to embrace new challenges and work situations with ease.
  • Proactive problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills.
  • Collaborative, with a partnership approach to achieving success.

You will be based at the site of application throughout the duration of the two years; we do not offer international placements on this programme.


Together, we push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients around the world!

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply, and we will be in touch once the advert closes.

Applications Open:20 November 2023

Applications Close:7 January 2024


After you submit your application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment through our partner SHL. If you are successful, you will then be invited to a full day virtual assessment centre in February 2024.

Application deadline: 07-01-2024 Starting date: 02-09-2024