On average, 95% of the students graduating from Birmingham Chemistry go straight into work and/or further study after graduating. Those in work are typically earning £22,000 a per annum six months after graduation
BSc Chemistry Job: New Technologies Group, Reckitt Benckiser
The support, opportunities for self-management and sense of ownership that were provided by Birmingham Chemistry were vital in preparing me for my first job in the New Technologies Group at Reckitt Benckiser.
As a Birmingham Chemistry graduate you will possess excellent core skills in numeracy, IT and literacy, as well as highly-developed problem-solving, team-working, and communication skills, all of which are deemed crucial by employers. Combining these transferable skills with an in-depth knowledge of Chemistry, both theory and practice, you will enter the workplace ready to interpret complex data, to propose innovative solutions to challenging problems, and to design new moleculesand materials to solve societal needs.
You might decide to pursue a career in one of the chemical, pharmaceutical or manufacturing industries; alternatively, you could choose to work in other areas of science and technology, such as environmental protection, analytical chemistry or forensics. Other areas that need the problem-solving skills you will have developed include finance, law and marketing, as well as teaching andresearch.
Birmingham Chemistry has strong research links with many chemical companies, which we can exploit to help you to gain industrial experience whilst studying. Whilst you may choose to undertake a Summer placement as part of your degree, our Chemistry with Industrial Experience MSci programme is a more popular degree choice should you wish to gain experience of working during your degree. On this programme, you spend your third year in paid employment. Working and studying in an industrial setting provides you with valuable experience, whilst at the same time improving your career prospects.
MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience
A placement is not as intimidating as it first appears and if you enjoy practical work, then I can't think of a better degree to choose.
Career destinations of previous graduates include:
Procter and Gamble
Severn Trent Water
Forensic Science Service
University Careers Network
Preparing for your future career should be one of the first things you think
about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future
aspirations lie or would rather consider the broad range of opportunities that
are available to you once you have your degree, our Careers
Network are there
to help you to achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject
area, offering specialised expert advice and mentoring, as well as guidance
you to secure exclusive work-experience opportunities and global internships,
all of which will help you to stand out from the competition. Once you have
a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs, interview practice
applications will further help to give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed,
Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular
activities and is an accredited employability programme designed to improve
If you make the most of the wide range of services
you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12
The DLHE survey is conducted 6 months after graduation.
Range of Occupations for Birmingham's Chemistry Graduates
Assistant Commissioning Editor
Assistant Technical Officer
Process Development Chemist
Further study - examples of courses
MRes Human and Environmental Health Impacts of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering
MSc Analytical Toxicology
MSc Biochemical Engineering
MSc Forensic Investigation
Second degree in medicine
PhD - Radiochemistry
PhD - Cancer Sciences
Doctor of Pharmacy
Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.