Careers and Entrepreneurship

What do Sussex Chemistry grads do?

Find out about what Sussex Chemistry graduates go on to do. Here is a rundown of what 2017 graduates were doing 6 months after leaving Sussex:

Six months after graduating in 2017

  • Main activity: 87% of respondents from Chemistry were in work or further study. 86% of those in work were in graduate level jobs
  • Sectors: Of those in employment, 29% were in wholesale and retail, 25% were in accommodation and food service, 15% were in water supply, sewerage and waste management, 14% were in human health and social work, 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities.

See also:

Here are some examples of where they are working or studying and what job roles or courses they are doing:


Samples from our survey:

Job Roles

Samples from our survey:

  • Pharmacovigilance Associate
  • Research Consultant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Senior Researcher
Further Study

Samples from our survey:

  • PhD Developing Protax - University of Sussex
  • PhD Chemistry - Imperial College London
  • MSc Process Systems Engineering - University of Surrey
  • MSc Surface Science and Nanotechnology - UCL
  • PGCE Secondary Science - University of Sussex

More Options

  • Your degree in Chemistry - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • Chemistry Careers - useful guide to possible careers for chemists, from the Royal Society of Chemists
  • Physician Associate - two-year postgrad diploma covers many of the elements found on 4/5 year medical degrees, but focuses on general rather than speciality care. BSMS will run this course from 2016/17
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Life Sciences graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Your Interests and Motivations - thinking about what interests and motivates you can be a good way to start your career exploration
  • Further Study - postgraduate study in chemistry or another subject. Sussex graduates have studied Organic Chemistry; Molecular Biology; Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Physics and Food Biophysics. Other, more vocational, courses taken include the Secondary Science PGCE (teacher training) and the Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Work & Study Abroad
  • Getting advice - book appointments on CareerHub (login required)
  • Search for jobs - use our jobs database
  • Applying for jobs - use your degree, personal skills and work experience to create winning applications