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Employability

Where can a degree in Chemistry take me?

Chemistry is an extremely versatile degree that will allow you to develop a range of practical and theoretical skills highly valued in the world of both work and academia.

The ability to analyse and interpret data, anticipate and solve complex problems and communicate information concisely is highly valued in Chemistry graduates. Our programmes offer a range of options to work and/or study abroad for 3, 6 or 12 months, for example at a pharmaceutical company or at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Career Prospects*

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Why Chemistry at Warwick?

Our graduates are the third most often targeted by the UK’s top graduate employers. In the QS World University Rankings, Warwick is ranked in the top 20 in the world for employer reputation.

Warwick is highly ranked in the major university league tables: 6th overall in the Times and Sunday Times (September 2015); 5th in the Guardian league table (May 2016) and 8th in the Complete University Guide (April 2016).

The chemical industries make a huge contribution to the UK and global economy; their continued strength and growth relies on an ongoing supply of well-trained research chemists. Not surprisingly, Chemistry graduates are in demand and a high proportion of our graduates choose to undertake further degrees (PhD or MSc) both at Warwick and elsewhere, to prepare themselves for careers in industrial or academic research.

Warwick Chemistry graduates will have gained the sought-after employability skills of self-management, team working, business and consumer awareness, problem-solving, communication and literacy, application of numeracy, and application of information technology. Using these skills, it comes as no surprise that 88.1% of Warwick Chemistry graduates found employment in 2014/15, with 81% succeeding in securing graduate-level employment, or graduate-level further study six months after leaving their studies in the department.**

Overseas placement opportunities allow our students to further develop their international cultural awareness and foreign language skills.

Careers Advice is provided throughout your studies by the University Careers Office, your personal tutor, other staff in the department and visiting industrialists.

What do our graduates go on to do?

Jobs of recent graduates include:

  • Flavour Research Scientist
  • Trainee Process Chemist
  • Sixth Form Chemistry Teacher
  • DNA Analyst
  • Junior Programmatic Trader
  • Risk Analyst
  • Copywriter
  • Junior Research Executive
  • Real Estate Analyst
  • Software Developer

Sectors where graduates were working include:

  • Chemical/Materials Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Banking and Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Digital Media
  • Teaching
  • Building and Construction, Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Recruitment

What do our students say?

Alex Parker
I chose to study Chemistry as it offers many routes into the job market for a variety of professions. The thing I like most is the lab work which is intellectually stimulating. I also like the ability to get most of my work done in the day, leaving me time to enhance my degree with all the other opportunities Warwick offers. I was given the chance to work in a research group during my summer holiday, where I attended national Chemistry conferences and got paid through the Warwick Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme."
Alex Parker, Warwick Chemistry Graduate and Year 3 PhD Student
Medicine is definitely a different experience to studying Chemistry at Warwick as it is so vocational yet I still feel so prepared. Analytical thinking and recognising patterns is definitely a skill that I have developed from studying Chemistry and it is very useful now when thinking about clinical practice and diagnoses. A BSc in Chemistry has prepared me to undertake the challenging work set at Warwick Medical School."
Samilia Ekeocha - Warwick Chemistry Graduate and Year 3 Medical Student
Samilia Ekeocha

* DLHE 2013/14 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey
 
Includes all home and EU students graduating from BSc Chemistry and MChem

**DHLE 2014/15 Survey - Warwick