Complete Roadmap to your First Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Job
(when you don't have MSL experience)
It is 100% possible to get an MSL job without prior MSL experience.
This course is designed for PhD graduates, post-docs, science graduates, pharmacists, doctors, nurses and clinical research associates who want to transition to the MSL job and are frustrated seeing "experience required" on every single MSL job advertisement.
Did you know.......?
The starting salary for an MSL in Australia and the USA is over $100,000 per annum!
At the end of this course you will have everything you need to secure your first MSL job which includes:
A deep understanding of the MSL job
All the skills required for an MSL job
A resume that demonstrates how your skills and experience are applicable to the MSL job
A cover letter which is tailored to a particular MSL job application
A Linkedin profile which attracts recruiters and MSL hiring managers
A medical affairs network that can be leveraged to get your first MSL job
1:1 mentorship from MSL Consultant founder, Dr. Aoife O' Dwyer.
Want to be able to send me an email like this?
I'm Aoife (pronounced Efa).
I knew academia wasn't for me soon after I started my PhD. I grew tired of failed experiments, long hours at the bench and my post doc colleagues complaining of not having any money (why do a PhD, if you don’t leverage it to secure high paying, secure employment?!).
And so one week after I finished my PhD, I relocated from Dublin to Melbourne. Six weeks after that I secured my first MSL job.
I developed the course The Complete Roadmap to your first MSL job to enable aspiring MSLs to secure their first MSL job. I know it's possible to do without MSL experience (because I've done it!)
Dr. Aoife O Dwyer, PhD – Founder of MSL Consultant
"The clear guides really helped me to frame my experience in a way that conveys my suitability for the MSL role and the followup resume and cover letter coaching provided additional insights that only personalised feedback can give."
The MSL Consultant coaching package has taken me, a PhD graduate with no direct industry experience and a limited understanding of an MSL role, to someone confident in taking this next step in my career. Before coaching, I was lacking the skills to translate the experience that I have built during my research and teaching career into a marketable resume. The clear guides really helped me to frame my experience in a way that conveys my suitability for the MSL role and the followup resume and cover letter coaching provided additional insights that only personalised feedback can give. The guides have also helped me tweak my LinkedIn and stand out from the crowd. I particularly found the suggested courses and upskilling valuable, as well as the guides on what the MSL role actually entails. My specific questions were answered genuinely and as a dialogue. I'm now excited about my future potential as an MSL and this new way to channel my passion for science into a career!
Post Doctoral Researcher, Australia
MODULE 1 - MSL KNOWLEDGE
The first step in getting a medical science liaison job is to fully understand what the MSL job entails. You need to have this knowledge to be able to demonstrate in your resume and cover letter that even without MSL experience you can still do the job.
What you’ll learn:
How to define the MSL job, clearly and succinctly with an example
Understand the MSL hiring process & be able to answer typical MSL interview questions
Understand the day to day roles and responsibilities of an MSL
MODULE 2 - MSL SKILL GAP ASSESSMENT
The second step in getting your first MSL job is identifying the skills required for an MSL job and filling any gaps you have.
What you’ll learn:
The skills required to be a high performing MSL
Identify any gaps you have in regards to these skills
How to fill these skills gaps with free online courses from highly reputable organisations
"The skill gap assessment not only identified what areas I could improve on to become a more competitive applicant but also gave me a roadmap on several areas of how to go about acquiring those skills. It also served as a confidence booster to have an MSL practitioner look over my skills and if they were sufficient for entry-level positions.
I would wholly recommend Aoife’s service to my friends in the biomedical field."
MODULE 3 - RESUME OPTIMIZATION
The third step in getting a medical science liaison job is optimizing your resume.
What you’ll learn:
The best way to layout your resume to demonstrate that you have the skills to be an MSL (even if you don’t have previous MSL experience)
A template for writing an executive summary which demonstrates your understanding of the MSL job
How to write your experience so that it is impactful and shows how you can add value to the hiring company
"I was thoroughly satisfied with the tailored coaching service, my CV changed dramatically and definitely for the better. I was able to clearly demonstrate my transferrable skills so hopefully a potential employer will see them easily now.
I particularly liked the idea of laying out the CV with headings directly linked to the MSL position/job spec. This will make it easier for the recruiter to see my experience relevant to the role. I feel more confident about getting my first MSL job as I feel my CV clearly shows my capability for the role that wasn't there before (and I didn't even realise it!)."
MODULE 4 – MSL COVER LETTER
The fourth step in securing your first medical science liaison job is writing a great cover letter.
What you’ll learn:
Template cover letter to show how your experience can address the required skills listed in the position description
How to sign off a cover letter to demonstrate your value to the hiring company
Know how to tailor each cover letter to each hiring company to demonstrate you a good fit for the company culture
MODULE 5 - LINKEDIN
The fifth step in getting an MSL job is ensuring your online presence is optimized so recruiters and hiring managers start reaching out to you.
What you’ll learn:
How to increase interest in your LinkedIn page from MSL recruiters
Understand how to search for MSL jobs using LinkedIn
Which keywords should appear in your LinkedIn profile in order to attract recruiters and hiring managers to your page
MODULE 6 – GROW YOUR MEDICAL AFFAIRS NETWORK
The sixth and one of the most important steps in landing your first MSL job. It’s not just about what you know, it’s also about who you know.
What you’ll learn:
A template email to send to contacts on LinkedIn to grow your medical affairs network
How to utilise conferences to speak to MSLs and MSL hiring managers
How to position yourself as a suitable MSL candidate in just 1 sentence
PERSONALISED FEEDBACK & 1:1 VOICE MESSAGING SUPPORT
At the end of the course, send your updated resume and cover letter to to receive personalised feedback from MSL Consultant founder, Aoife.
Also receive 72 hrs of 1:1 mentoring in the form of voice messaging support. Use this time to ask all those questions that google can’t answer. An experienced MSL, Aoife knows how to get an MSL interview and how to get a medical science liaison job without prior experience.
"MSL Consultant provided an excellent coaching service. I have explored other MSL resources to prepare myself for this career transition upon graduating, but this individualized coaching service was the best resource I have found because I was able to ask many questions about the MSL career that I have not found answers to from searching other resources."
"Excellent service - much more personalised than most services (and I've previously used a couple)."
Postdoctoral Researcher, Portugal
Excellent service - much more personalised than most services (and I've previously used a couple). The part I found most different from other services was the skills gap assessment – it really is a personalized and realistic assessment. I would for sure recommend this service to a friend and I now feel more confident about getting my 1st MSL job.
"If you are looking for MSL jobs and don't have prior MSL experience, I would say you must use this service."
MSL consultant CV review service is a really good service. If you are looking for MSL jobs and don't have prior MSL experience, I would say you must use this service. It is a very detailed CV review service which enables you to showcase your hidden skills. Highly recommended
Research Scientist, USA
"I highly recommend the MSL Consultant coaching service!"
MSL Consultant provided an excellent coaching service. I was happy to learn that some of my skills I had overlooked would be beneficial to the MSL role, while the traditional skills needed for academia would not hold as much weight. The feedback was provided very quickly and constructively, and I am much more confident and excited to apply for my first MSL position! I highly recommend the MSL Consultant coaching service!
PhD Candidate USA
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the format of the modules?
Each module is a self-paced guidance document in the form of a PDF.
When does the course start?
Once you purchase the course, you will have immediate access to the modules and can start straight away.
How long does each module take to complete?
Each module takes between 20 mins to 1 hr to complete.
The online courses recommended in module 2 are video and written content and take approx. 40 min to complete.
How do I access my voice messaging support?
It will be provided via a free app that you can download. Email Aoife at along with proof of purchase when you are ready to access this support.
How do I get feedback on my resume and cover letter?
Send your updated resume and cover letter along with proof of purchase to Aoife at email@example.com
Send Aoife an email at