At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We know full-time studying isn't for everyone. So, our UK Apprenticeship Programmes offer a practical, exciting and highly rewarding alternative to the traditional route

Where, with some, you can achieve a degree or qualification, earn a salary, and gain the hands-on experience that will set you up for future success.

We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds. A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore/

Apprenticeships at AstraZeneca

We’re curious about science and the advancement of knowledge. We find creative ways to approach new challenges. We’re driven to make the right choices and be accountable for our actions.

We are a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Our purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

The best way we can help patients is to be science-led and share this passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK. We’re curious about science and the advancement of knowledge. We find creative ways to approach new challenges.

We’re driven to make the right choices and be accountable for our actions. As an organisation centred around what makes us human, we put a big focus on people. Across our business, we want colleagues to wake up excited about their day at the office, in the field, or in the lab. Along with our purpose to bring life-changing medicines to people across the globe, we have a promise to you: to help you realise the full breadth of your potential. Here, you’ll do work that has the potential to change your life and improve countless others. And, together with your team, you’ll shape a culture that unites and inspires us every day. There are many career paths and programmes available to you, whatever your level of study

Perks and benefits

  • Bonus and reward scheme

  • Flexible working

  • Health cover


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Everyone works as a team

An apprenticeship at AZ offered me a unique opportunity to get practical experience working alongside industry experts whilst learning new concepts and ideas, enabling me to apply concepts from the degree course to real-life problems in the lab.

A positive work environment

This degree apprenticeship offered practical, hands-on learning, which played to my strengths and allowed me to gain a qualification that was acknowledged by the industry, while being able to learn on the job and add value to patients.
I’ve worked at AZ for five years and secured a permanent role just over a year ago. Carrying on my education was important but didn’t want to spend time and money doing a full-time degree. Being able to complete a BSc and rotate around different areas to find a role I loved, is what really appealed to me. I also decided after I graduated from the BSc to continue on to the MSc, which definitely isn’t something I even considered before starting. I wanted to continue my learning and love that I’m able to bring back learnings from university into my team.
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At AstraZeneca, we share and are motivated by the same purpose: pushing the boundaries of science in order to deliver life-changing medicines to patients around the world. In short, our work has true meaning. Everything we do is underpinned by our dedication to being a Great Place to Work. We recognise that our people are our greatest asset and know what’s possible with a talented and diverse team that believes in what science can do. That’s life at AstraZeneca We’re scientists, collaborators, managers, leaders, analysts, doctors, entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, doers, drivers, activists, creators and futurists. We’re 65,000 minds across more than 100 countries and 6 continents. We’re a team of people who all share, and are motivated by, the same purpose.


From biological scientists to marketing and financial experts, coming up with the right solutions for the right challenges to drive the next wave of science is a true cross-functional team effort. With five values to guide us, our unique perspectives and ideas always stay true to the goals we have set ourselves. Our people follow these values because they believe in what they stand for: We follow the science We put patients first We play to win We do the right thing We are entrepreneurial


Royal Society of Chemistry – Chemical Science Apprentice of the Year


School Leavers Awards 2020 – Higher Apprentice of the Year


The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

2020 / Rate My Apprenticeship – The Best 100 Apprentice Employers 2022/23