Chemistry graduate destinations

A Chemistry degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their analytical, problem-solving, research and IT skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Chemistry (BSc and MSci), including courses with industrial experience or study abroad
  • Chemical Physics (BSc and MSci), including courses with industrial experience or study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 147 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 93.6%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 48%
Part-time work 7%
Due to start work 2%
Full-time study 28%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 5%
Something else 1%
Unemployed 9%

Sector information

As well as related jobs, Chemists also enter careers not directly related to the content of their studies. Large numbers of graduate vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline and areas where Chemists have found work include finance, management, education and careers within the public sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Accounting and management consultancy 13
Wholesale and retail 11
Education 8
Finance and insurance 8
Manufacturing 7
Other sectors (15 sectors) 25

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Deloitte LLP
  • Ministry of Defence
  • HSBC
  • Agar Scientific Ltd
  • Mime Consulting

Examples of occupations

  • Audit Associate
  • Management Consultant
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Graduate Research Scientist
  • Data Analyst

Further study

A large proportion of Chemistry graduates enter further study. The programmes undertaken are mostly research, e.g. Chemical Synthesis (PhD), Functional Nanomaterials (PhD), Physical Chemisty (PhD), Synthesis for Medicine and Biology (DPhil); many more enter teaching through a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 23
Postgraduate taught degree 9
Postgraduate certificate 3
First degree 1
Other certificate 1
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

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You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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Alexander, Lead Distillate Product Trading Operator, Philips 66 (MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience, 2009)

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