Research your career
School of Science
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Your careers team
Based in the Bridgeman Building, Sally can support you with:
- Using careers guidance to help you to explore your career options during 30 minute careers consultations.
- Answering quick queries during 15 minute Quick Advice careers appointments.
- Mock interviews to help you prepare via a consultation.
- My Loughborough Journey presentations and workshops within departments.
- Workshops on topics such as CVs and interview techniques.
Based in the Bridgeman building, Claire can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities. She has weekly bookable 15 minute appointments both in Bridgeman Building and within your departments that you can book on Careers Online.
- Claire also sends a regular “Science: Your Careers Update” email tailored to your school which you can feedback on or ask any questions.
Based in The Place in Stewart Mason, Rakhee can support you with:
• Finding, applying and setting up placements within your department. You can email Rakhee on Sciemail@example.com .
Based in the Bridgeman Building, and with primary responsibility for the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Gill supports Sally within the School of Science.
Based in the Chemistry Building, Mark can help you with:
Key skills developed during your degree
- Analytical and problem-solving. Examining and interpreting results and making evaluations based on limited information.
- IT and technology. Understanding and using computer software/models, processing data, using spreadsheets, word-processing and internet communication.
- Monitoring. Systematically recording chemical properties, events and changes;
- Teamwork. Undertaking group project work
- Time management and organisation. Planning and executing experiments, undertaking individual and team project work and completing your dissertation
- Written and oral communication. Sharing your research findings via written reports and oral presentations to different audiences, assimilating scientific theories and arguments for discussion and debate
Careers directly related to Chemistry:
- Analytical Chemist
- Chemical Engineer (with further qualifications)
- Data Scientist
- Forensic Scientist
- Healthcare Communications
- Healthcare Scientist
- Medical Sales
- Quality Assurance
- Regulatory Affairs
- Sustainability Consultant
Careers where your degree would be useful:
- Business Analyst
- Patent Attorney
- Science Writer
Popular areas of Further Study:
Many graduates choose to remain in education and popular areas of further study according to Loughborough University’s DLHE Statistics between 2011/12 – 2013/14 include:
- PhD – Biochemistry
- PhD – Chemistry
- PhD - Physical Chemistry
- MSc - Environmental Management
- MSc - International Relations
- MSc - Green Chemistry
- MSc - International Health Management
- PGCE - Teacher Training
Further study at Loughborough University:
The School of Science offers a comprehensive range of postgraduate taught programmes across the areas of Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Studies
The School of Science also offers Research degree opportunities and is very well equipped to carry out research spanning all the traditional branches of chemistry (analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical) and which contributes to four active research themes ( Energy, Environment, Security and Health). A separate building houses environmental radiochemistry and X-ray crystallography.
Further study elsewhere:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough Chemistry graduates do?
Six months after graduating in 2017…
- Main activity: 87.2% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only)
- Mean salary: £23,859 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only)
- Sectors: 31% were working in Manufacturing, 31% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities, 7% were in Information and communication, 7% were in Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, and 4% were in Arts, entertainment and recreation.
- Location: 20% were working in the South East, 20% were in the West Midlands, 16% were in the East Midlands, 11% were in the North West, 9% were in the London, 9% were in the North East, 9% were in Yorkshire & the Humber, and 7% were in the East of England.
3M, ACM Global Laboratories, Arcinova, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Chem Aqua, EY, GSK, Lucideon, M&A Pharmachem Ltd, Magna Laboratories Limited, Onyx Scientific Ltd.
Account Manager, Analytical Scientist, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Commissioning Engineer, Data Analyst, Development Chemist, Health, Safety and Environmental Assistant Advisor, Market Research Analyst, Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemist, Quality Control Analyst, Research Chemist, Technology Product Officer.
Further Study included:
MChem in Chemistry, MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering with IT and Management, MSc in Brewing and Distilling, MSc in Food Production Management, PGCE Chemistry, PhD Chemistry, PhD Engineering.
Resources to research career areas
- Cogent Science Career Pathways
- NHS Careers: Healthcare Science
- Prospects, What can I do with my Chemistry degree?
- RSC: 175 faces of chemistry
- RSC: A Future in Chemistry
- Sci - a multi-science and multidisciplinary forum where science meets business
- The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry careers page - contains case studies, lists of employers in the pharmaceutical sector, and advice on getting into industry.
- The Science Council - Working towards becoming a Registered Scientist
Search and talk to professionals working in related fields on Lboro Connect, our networking community exclusively for Loughborough University students and alumni.
Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs
Students have the option of taking a year-long placement in industry which provides an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and technical skills further. We will deliver talks in your department and offer one-to-one appointments to help you with the recruitment process for this. You will also receive regular “Science: Your Careers Update” emails from Claire. These will include graduate jobs, internships, placements, work experience and upcoming events tailored to your school.
We have recently produced a PDF containing links to useful websites to help you search for careers related to your degree. Click below to access the document:
Additionally, we advertise many opportunities for summer internships and encourage students to gain experience valuable in the workplace through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, committee memberships, work-shadowing and part-time work.
- See Careers Online on our website for vacancies and opportunities and internally through your department
- Year In Industry – This organisation can help match you to industrial placements. It's free to use for our students
- Search for internships, placements and graduate opportunities on Gradcracker
- Browse opportunities, career sectors, internships and careers advice on TargetJobs
- Search for graduate jobs on Prospects
- Ask in your department
Chemistry specific websites:
Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)
- The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
- The Royal Society of Chemistry
- The British Toxicology Society
- The Biochemical Society
It is a good idea to follow news and developments within the sector you are interested in, and also to follow news in general to consider how other news stories can impact on your job sector. This is important as it helps not only with your professional development, but commercial awareness questions are often asked at job interviews for undergraduate roles. Consider using social media to follow organisations which appeal to you, as they will give relevant, up-to-date sources of information. Below are some links you may find useful:
- BBSRC - biosciences for the future – useful for doing research prior to interview; also info on research grants, studentships etc.
- Chemistry World
- I want to work in...Science
- NERC - The National Envorinment Research Council.
- New Scientist
- NHS Careers
- Pharmiweb - Useful for news stories from the industry.
- The Royal Society of Chemistry