Chemistry

Careers and Perspectives

A degree in Chemistry from Sussex will equip you with a wide range of skills both specific to Chemistry and also more general.

As well as gaining knowledge in traditional fields of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical), a chemistry degree from Sussex includes modules in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and biochemistry giving an excellent  balance of scientific knowledge, both specialist and general.  More fundamentally, it develops your ability to solve problems, to think critically, and to communicate your ideas. These are transferable skills that will make you attractive to any potential employer.

Our chemistry graduates enter a wide variety of fields where their skills are valued both in business and in the public sector. The chemical and pharmaceutical industries are popular destinations for Chemistry graduates. A number of chemistry graduates each year decide to go onto to study further in an area of particular interest or to study to become teachers.

Below you will find a selection of links - to independent websites and organisations - that will give you a sense both of the skills that you will acquire and of the variety of careers open to you with a Chemistry degree.

Target Jobs – works with a wide range of graduate employers to provide the largest choice of graduate jobs, internships and work experience opportunities.

http://targetjobs.co.uk/news/218921-what-can-i-do-with-a-chemistry-degree

Prospects – the UK official graduate careers website http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_chemistry_your_skills.htm

Royal Society of Chemistry - Gives details of careers Chemistry graduates go onto.

http://www.rsc.org/images/Degrees_in_Chemistry-The_Essential_Guide_tcm18-10333.pdf

Career Support/Guidance/Management

There are many ways in which we can help you during your time at Sussex to develop your employability and to think about a future career.  The important thing is to start early.

The Careers and Employability Centre is home to professional careers advisers who can provide both general and specific advice, on an individual basis if required.  In addition, we offer the following to assist you with your career choices and encourage you to take a proactive approach to your career planning.

  • Science, Engineering and IT Fair: We organise a yearly fair giving you the opportunity to meet and find out more about employers that are particularly interested in chemistry graduates.
  • As part of our MChem programme, our chemistry students take a "Professional skills for chemists" course which includes CV writing, interview techniques with practice interview as both interviewer and interviewee and also guest speaker(s) from Industry who gives advice on interviews and marks the practice interviews.

Enhancing your career prospects

There's a lot you can do to enhance your career prospects in this way outside of your academic activities. Here are just a few:

  • Extra-Curricular Activities are those things you do during your time as a student which are not a formal part of your degree course.  You can get involved in all the Student Union activity clubs and societies, and develop a range of skills that employer’s value.
  • Career-related vacation work will enhance your future employment prospects and say something about you as a person and potential employee.  In addition, it offers other advantages such as finding out whether you really like a particular kind of work or company before you graduate. Work experience helps you get more out of your degree. It gives you a chance to see how your courses are relevant to the world of work, and can motivate the work you do at University.
  • Sussex Plus provides a framework for thinking about and developing your skills and creating a multimedia webfolio to showcase who you are and what you can do.


Career Opportunities

A degree in Chemistry from Sussex will equip you with a wide range of skills both specific to Chemistry and also more general.

As well as gaining knowledge in traditional fields of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical), a chemistry degree from Sussex includes modules in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and biochemistry giving an excellent  balance of scientific knowledge, both specialist and general.  More fundamentally, it develops your ability to solve problems, to think critically, and to communicate your ideas. These are transferable skills that will make you attractive to any potential employer.

Our chemistry graduates enter a wide variety of fields where their skills are valued both in business and in the public sector. The chemical and pharmaceutical industries are popular destinations for Chemistry graduates. A number of chemistry graduates each year decide to go onto to study further in an area of particular interest or to study to become teachers.

Sussex Chemistry graduates are highly employable.  According to the Complete University Guide 2012, 86% of Sussex Chemistry graduates took up employment or further study (as a proportion of those with known destinations). No other university achieved a higher percentage.   

Independent research* shows that the average chemistry graduate earns substantially more over a lifetime than graduates of many other disciplines: £60,000 more than most other graduates – including those with degrees in subjects like history, english and psychology (source: The economic benefits of higher education qualifications.Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP January 2005)

Below you will find a selection of links - to independent websites and organisations - that will give you a sense both of the skills that you will acquire and of the variety of careers open to you with a Chemistry degree.

Career Support/Guidance/Management

There are many ways in which we can help you during your time at Sussex to develop your employability and to think about a future career.  The important thing is to start early.

The Careers and Employability Centre is home to professional careers advisers who can provide both general and specific advice, on an individual basis if required.  In addition, we offer the following to assist you with your career choices and encourage you to take a proactive approach to your career planning.

  • Science, Engineering and IT Fair: We organise a yearly fair giving you the opportunity to meet and find out more about employers that are particularly interested in chemistry graduates.

  • As part of our MChem programme, our chemistry students take a "Professional skills for chemists" course which includes CV writing, interview techniques with practice interview as both interviewer and interviewee and also guest speaker(s) from Industry who gives advice on interviews and marks the practice interviews.


Enhancing your career prospects

There's a lot you can do to enhance your career prospects in this way outside of your academic activities. Here are just a few:

  • Extra-Curricular Activities are those things you do during your time as a student which are not a formal part of your degree course.  You can get involved in all the Student Union activity clubs and societies, and develop a range of skills that employer’s value.

  • Career-related vacation work will enhance your future employment prospects and say something about you as a person and potential employee.  In addition, it offers other advantages such as finding out whether you really like a particular kind of work or company before you graduate. Work experience helps you get more out of your degree. It gives you a chance to see how your courses are relevant to the world of work, and can motivate the work you do at University.

  • Sussex Plus provides a framework for thinking about and developing your skills and creating a multimedia webfolio to showcase who you are and what you can do.