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Careers & Employability

At the University of Southampton, we believe in providing our students with skills, experience and opportunities to help in acquiring a future career.

Through our Careers and Employability service, you are given guidance and support throughout your studies and including post-studies for up to three years after graduation.

Each faculty provides ample opportunities to get involved in a wide range of programs that can help towards gainful employment. Find out more below.

A Southampton chemistry degree - a passport to employment

You will graduate from Southampton with both scientific knowledge and a wealth of other transferable skills.

A competitive edge

Our outreach projects and industry placements will give you hands-on experience, giving you the edge in a competitive jobs market. You will also pick up skills that are valuable in all sorts of career settings, including problem solving, information retrieval, reporting and presentations, project and group work. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment – normally more than 95 per cent of graduates are in full time employment or undertaking further study six months after graduation.

Chemistry related roles pursued by our graduates include:

The key skills taught throughout your degree also allows you to consider career paths outside of chemistry. Some of our graduates have gone on to take roles in:

A wealth of options

Many of our undergraduates stay on with us to take a PhD and then stay in chemistry once they have finished their higher degree, entering industry or staying in academia as a post-doctoral researcher. Other undergraduates gain graduate entry into the chemical industry, go into teacher training or enter financial and project management, capitalising on their transferable skills base.

Chemistry Graduates: Moving Forward


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I will be starting a graduate position in Corporate Strategy at Jaguar Land Rover. The fact I was doing an analytical, problem solving focused degree in Chemistry really helped me perform in the assessment centre for this job, as I could draw from my experiences and articulate how these would help me perform in a professional environment.
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