Career Opportunities

Medical writers may work in a wide range of settings, including pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations (CROs) and medical communications agencies. In addition, government bodies such as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) employ medical writers.

An increasing number of writers are choosing to go freelance, preferring the variety and freedom a freelance career offers to employment.

In a pharmaceutical company or CRO, medical writers spend a lot of time preparing the detailed, technical documents required for regulatory submissions and work closely to templates and regulatory guidelines.

A writer working in a medical communications agency may prepare a wide range of manuscripts for publication, including articles and booklets, as well as items such as posters and slide presentations for conferences, marketing literature, training material, and multimedia, such as websites and DVD presentations. For this reason, the work in communications agencies is often seen as more creative and varied than other types of medical writing. However, some agencies now also have departments that prepare regulatory documentation. Equally, writers in CROs and pharmaceutical companies may have the opportunity to produce articles, presentations, patient leaflets and a wide range of other literature.

Contract Research Organisations (CROs) conduct clinical studies and help pharmaceutical companies to register their products with international regulatory authorities. This involves preparing a wide range of documents for regulatory submissions, including protocols and final reports for clinical trials, and clinical expert reports. Medical writers in both CROs and pharmaceutical companies spend a great deal of their time working on these regulatory documents. They may also produce: 

  • Protocols
  • Patient information leaflets/package inserts
  • Clinical study and expert reports
  • Efficacy and safety summaries
  • Summary of product characteristics
  • Marketing and General Documents
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Literature reviews
  • Abstracts and posters
  • Conference proceedings
  • Training material
  • Slide kits
  • Advertising material.

Our training course will help you to develop the writing skills necessary to produce a range of documents, including articles, booklets, training literature and regulatory submissions. It will also show you how to write effectively for different groups of readers by pitching each piece to exactly the right level.

Your personal tutor will assess your writing when you first start the course to identify both your strengths and those skills that require further development. Your assignments can then be tailored to meet your learning requirements exactly. Our tutors can also offer advice on suitable career options and, where relevant, finding freelance work.