Complete Roadmap to your First Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Job

(when you don't have MSL experience)


Dr. Aoife O Dwyer, PhD – Founder of MSL Consultant


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 and hating their jobs (why do a PhD, if you don’t leverage it to secure high paying, secure and interesting 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 provide concise training which teaches aspiring MSLs how to secure their first MSL job. I secured my first MSL job without MSL experience and you can too. 

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.......?

MSLs have the opportunity to collaborate with leading therapeutic experts in order to advance the quality use of medicines and improve treatment outcomes.   

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 medical science liaison job

  • All the skills required for a medical science liaison job

  • A resume that demonstrates how your skills and experience are applicable to the  medical science liaison job

  • A cover letter which is tailored to a particular medical science liaison job application

  • A Linkedin profile which attracts recruiters and medical science liaison hiring managers

  • A medical affairs network that can be leveraged to get your first medical science liaison job

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"The clear guides really helped me to frame my experience in a way that conveys my suitability for the MSL role"

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 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

The MSL Consultant e-course is the most informative and relevant resource available for professionals looking to transition from academia into an MSL role. It completely transformed my understanding of the role and my strategy to seek out opportunities to secure my first MSL position.

- Cody, Melbourne, Australia

Course Outline


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

Medical Science Liaison Job MSL Knowledge


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

Medical Science Liaison Job - MSL Skill Gap Assessment
"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."


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 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!)."


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

Medical Science Liaison Job - MSL Cover Letter


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

Medical Science Liaison Job - Linkedin profile


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

Medical Science Liaison Job - Medical Affairs Networking
"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.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Portugal

"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. 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. I highly recommend the MSL Consultant coaching service!

PhD Candidate USA


Price: $200 USD

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.

Who is this course applicable to?

This course can be taken by aspiring MSLs located in Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Europe, Asia and Canada.

Additional questions? 

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