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Chemistry BSc(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

The chemical industry is at the heart of manufacturing. In the UK it employs just under 100,000 people across 2,500 organisations. Our chemistry graduates work at companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Butterworth Laboratories, in the NHS and in the City of London. They work in areas such as research, development, marketing, sales or teaching. Roughly a third progress to further study.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Name: Sanah Syed
Course:  Chemistry BSc(Hons)

"My time at Kingston University was massively enjoyable and a large part of that was down to the level of teaching and the lecturers at the university. The diverse range of teaching methods implemented at the university meant that all students were allowed to learn at their own pace and work to their strengths.

Entering university straight from college can seem as a very daunting situation – as it was for me – however, at Kingston University, it quickly became apparent that this would not be an issue. What I loved most was how personable the lecturers were. They truly showed they cared for my education and my success at Kingston University. This greatly contributed to me graduating with a 2:1 in BSc Chemistry, which lead me to go on and gain a Masters degree in MRes Chemistry, which I graduated from with a distinction."

 

Abdul Grashidi

Name:  Abdul Grashidi
Course: Chemistry BSc(Hons)

"For me, studying at Kingston University was a life changing experience – and probably one of the key factors to making my three years great were all the lecturers. They were a huge asset to my journey, not only did they help provide me with the tools to excel in my career but furthermore gave me the confidence to pursue further studies. Last year I graduated for my masters and have already started my PhD in Chemistry – something I never thought I could do."

 

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Analytical chemist
  • Teacher
  • Quality assurance scientist
  • Regulatory analysis
  • Clinical skills technician
  • Development technologist
  • Senior chemist
  • Quality control analyst
  • Project assistant
  • Medical representative

Employers

  • Eli Lilly
  • Allergy Therapeutics
  • GSK
  • AWEC Plc
  • Scapa
  • Isolagen
  • Leatherhead Food Research
  • Martindale Pharmaceuticals
  • Ashfield Healthcare
  • Schwarz Pharma

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, in the picture here students are practising their interview skills with real 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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Contact us

Submit an enquiry

020 3308 9931*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps
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