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School of Science

Chemistry

Slides from our 2019 Graduate Entry Medicine presentation can be found on our Learn module.

Slides from our 2019 Royal Society of Chemistry presentation can also be found on Learn for Postdocs and Doctoral Researchers here and for Undergraduates here.

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.

 Sophie Flight, Employability Development Officer


Based in the Bridgeman building, Sophie can support you with:

  • Applying for jobs – CVs, cover letters and other applications.
  • Helping you find opportunities, including internships and placements.
  • Interview support 

She has weekly bookable 20 minute appointments both in Bridgeman Building and within your departments at The Place that you can book on Careers Online.


Rakhee Patel, Placements and Work Based Learning Officer

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 Sci-placements@lboro.ac.uk . 


Mark Platt, Placement Tutor

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

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

Further study at Loughborough University:

The Department of Chemistry is undergoing an exciting period of development. Their new laboratories and newly refurbished research laboratories provide an outstanding environment to conduct scientific research.

The department's strengths are in analytical science including: the study and detection of biomarkers; in energy research such as solar energy harvesting, hydrogen generation, functional energy materials/coatings, photochemistry, and batteries and supercapacitors; and in catalytic, synthetic and flow methods to prepare new molecules for health and materials applications.

For further information, visit the Department of Chemistry's Further study webpage

Further study elsewhere:

Popular areas of Further Study:

This is according to Loughborough University’s most recent 2017 DLHE Statistics:

  • MSc Food Production Management
  • PGCE Chemistry
  • MSc Management
  • MSc in Brewing and Distilling
  • MSc Global Health and Management
  • PhD Chemistry
  • PhD Biochemistry

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Chemistry graduates do?

Six months after graduating in 2017…

For Chemistry

  • 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.

Employers included:

3M, ACM Global Laboratories, Arcinova, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Chem Aqua, EY, GSK, Lucideon, M&A Pharmachem Ltd, Magna Laboratories Limited, Onyx Scientific Ltd.

Roles included:

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.

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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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.

  • Careers Online - 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.           
  • Gradcracker - Search for internships, placements and graduate opportunities.
  • TargetJobs - Browse opportunities, career sectors, internships and careers advice.
  • Prospects - Search for graduate jobs. 
  • STEM Graduates - Search for STEM specific graduate jobs.
  • Ask in your department.

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: