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Chemistry MChem(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

The chemical industry is at the heart of manufacturing. With a turnover in excess of £57bn, the UK chemical industry is internationally competitive, employing more than 180,000 people working for 3,000 organisations. (Source: Chemical Industries Association, January 2014 – www.cia.org.uk)

Chemistry graduates from Kingston University have established a good employment record over many years, gaining jobs at pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, in the NHS and within the City of London. They work in research, development, marketing, sales, teaching and other areas. Around a third of our students go on to further studies at MSc, MPhil and PhD level.

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

Students practising interview skills at a 'speed interviewing' eventThe team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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