School of Chemistry

Career Destinations

As a Nottingham Chemistry Graduate you will be well prepared for a wide range of employment and postgraduate study opportunities.

The chemical industry continues to be an important industrial sector in the UK and the emerging materials and biotechnology sectors require trained chemists who can generate the new materials, products and knowledge that are needed in these areas.

In addition to equipping you with theoretical and practical skills in chemistry, a degree in chemistry from Nottingham also demonstrates that you can think logically and critically, solve complex problems and manage your time effectively. Consequently, our graduates may also be employed in professions including those in finance, education, marketing, and the media. Many MSci graduates continue their studies in chemistry or a related discipline, working towards a doctorate degree at Nottingham and elsewhere as a result of the enthusiasm they developed during their fourth year project.

Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service has ateam dedicated to Faculty of Science students.They will be on hand to offer you specialistsupport and guidance throughout your degreeand for life after you graduate. Whether you need help writing a CV, preparing for aninterview or exploring career ideas, finding an internship or part-time work, you can book one-to-one appointments or come along to a workshop.Each term there is also an exciting events schedule, bringing you face-to-face with employers offering real-life insight intotheir professions. Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service:

The NottinghamAdvantage Award

The award-winning Nottingham Advantage Award recognises and rewards your extracurricular activities. With a choice ofover 200 modules, you can hone the keyskills employers want. From developing your leadership skills and learning a language to public speaking and volunteering, you will leave university with demonstrable experience that sets you apart from other graduates. For further information, please visit:

The University of Nottingham is targeted by graduate employers

We're consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

Typical School of Chemistry Graduate Destinations by Sector:


Postgraduate research 33%

Information technology 5%

Industrual scientists 18%

Management 10%

Finance 13%

Marketing 5%

Teaching 5%

Human resources 5%

Overseas employment 4%


The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) also provides lots of information on the various career paths open to chemical scientists.

School of Chemistry

University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3529
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3555