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School of Science

Chemistry

Your careers team

Sally Western, Careers Consultant

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.

Claire Tidmarsh, Employability Development Officer

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. 

Gill Clarke, Careers Consultant

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.


Paul Kelly, Placement Tutor

Based in the Chemistry Building, Paul 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

Career options

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:

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Law
  • Patent Attorney
  • Science Writer

Further study

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 2016…

For Chemistry

  • Main activity: 92.4% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only)
  • Mean salary: £24,314 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only)
  • Quality of employment: Of those in full time employment 85.7% were in professional level roles (UK & EU students) and of these:        
  • Sectors: 27.3% were in manufacturing, 24.2% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 15.2% were in wholesale and retail trade, 12.1% were in education, 9.1% were in information and communication, 6.1% were in administrative and support service activities, 3.0% were in transport and storage, and 3.0% were in financial and insurance activities
  • Location: 18.8% were working in the East of England, 18.8% were in Greater London, 15.6% were in South East England, 12.5% were in the West Midlands, 6.3% were in South West England, 3.1% were in North West England, 3.1% were in Yorkshire and the Humber, 3.1% were in Scotland, And 18.8% remained in the East Midlands.

Employers included:

Aldi, Amazon, GSK, Lucideon, Ohh Deer, Quotient, System Analytic, TUI, Unilever, Wall Work.

Roles included:

Analytical Chemist, Assistant Laboratory Manager, Assistant Scientist, Chemical Mathematics and Physical Education Teacher, Inside Sales Representative, Laboratory Analyst, Research and Development Technician, Scientific Recruitment Consultant, Teacher – Chemistry, Trainee Accountant.

Further Study included:

PhD Chemistry, PhD Drug Discovery, PhD Physics, PhD Chemical Engineering, MSc Analytical Chemistry, MSc Chemistry & Sports Science, MSc Drug Discovery and Pharma Management, MSc Pharmacology, MSc Physician Associate Studies, PGCE Secondary Education.

Further information

  • eGEMS gives access to destinations information for Loughborough graduates at school and course level.
  • View Graduate Profiles from this department

Resources to research career areas

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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.

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.

Chemistry specific websites:

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies:

Sector and labour market information (LMI):

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: