The pharmaceuticals sector is a growth area within the UK chemicals industry, with good job prospects for pharmaceutical scientists. Our graduates work in areas such as research, development, quality assurance, marketing and sales. Many have gained jobs in laboratories, in hospitals and in educational establishments. Graduates often progress successfully to a range of postgraduate studies, including teacher training.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Former student: Karl Lewis
Year of graduation: 2003
Current status: Studying for a medical degree at Swansea University
After gaining his MPharmSci degree, and despite being newly qualified, Karl went on to lead an area of cancer research at Swansea University. He is now training to be a doctor and feels the skills he gained at Kingston have helped both his work and subsequent studies.
"I've always been interested in the medicinal sciences and I felt studying the MPharm course would provide me with many opportunities to further my career in the medical field.
"I chose to study at Kingston because I wanted to broaden my horizons and it seemed the perfect place to do so – far enough away from London to have some countryside around me, but near enough to the city to enjoy its lifestyle.
"I found the course pushed my boundaries as far as learning was concerned. It was very involved, requiring a lot of study but, at the same time, it was also very enjoyable and I made many friends from different walks of life.
"Three months after graduating, I was offered my first job in research at Swansea University. The research was in proteomics, which is the study of the expression of proteins within a given disease state. My job was to discover which proteins were being over expressed in breast cancer and to develop the method for use with other cancer types.
"My training at Kingston prepared me very well for this task and as a result I was able, even as a new graduate, to see off competition in order to take the lead in this research.
"I am now studying a Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) medical degree at Swansea University. In just over a year I will be sitting the intermediate MB before transferring to Cardiff University where I will train for my MBBCh* qualification.
"Studying at Kingston gave me unparalleled knowledge in chemical analysis techniques. I would say the most outstanding element of the MPharmSci course was its hands-on approach to using analysis machinery. My supervised project in the final year enabled me to put into practice my previous three years' training in drug synthesis.
"If you want to study a degree that'll give you both knowledge and practical application as well as lessons in how to handle the responsibilities any future jobs will bring, then Kingston is the place to study. Not only has it helped me with my work, it has also prepared me to further my education in medicine and provided me with the study techniques and maturity that such a career requires."
* Qualifying to practice medicine.
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.
The 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:
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.
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: