Graduate Destinations

Each year, every university in the UK contacts all UK and EU graduates to find out what they are doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. This is the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

The following analysis is based on the data supplied by 28 Chemistry BSc Honours graduates from Newcastle University who responded to our survey.

2013 Newcastle University Chemistry BSc Honours Graduates

HESA categories

79% went into work, study or a combination of both.

Of those in employment, 58% were in graduate-level jobs. BSc Chemistry provides a platform to further specialise in the scientific sector. As such, some graduates take a break from their studies in temporary non-graduate level employment to earn money to fund further study. See below for detailed examples of further study options taken by our graduates.

£16,750 was the average salary of all of the graduates who supplied us with salary details.

The 18% unemployed includes those with jobs arranged to start after the date of this survey. Students who leave their job search until the end of their course can find it takes over six months to find the right graduate job.

The classification 'other' can refer to a range of individual circumstances, for example, EU students who return to their country for national service.

Career Choices

Many of our Chemistry BSc Honours graduates choose to apply their detailed knowledge, understanding, and practical experience of chemistry, by securing employment in areas such as chemical analysis, product development and quality control. Some graduates choose to pursue an academic or research career by securing PhDs in their chosen area of chemistry. Others specialise in related subjects by securing postgraduate study in areas such as built environment and geochemistry.

. As chemistry is a shortage subject in teaching, many of our graduates capitalise on their unique combination of scientific knowledge and enhanced communication skills to secure Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) places across the UK.

Below are recent examples of graduates' employment and further study destinations.

Graduate Employment

Job TitleEmployer
Analytical Chemistry Laboratory TechnicianProcter and Gamble
Business Development Co-ordinatorPalintest
Development TechnologistAkzoNobel
EngineerNSK Ltd
Investment Helpdesk AdviserHargreaves Lansdown
Laboratory AnalystGSK
Medical Records AssistantRamsay House
Officer CadetThe Army
Pharmaceutical ApprenticeQuay Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Project ManagerFDM Group
Quality Control ManagerMexar Ltd
Reach Co-ordinatorEuropean OGD Ltd
RecruiterLeap29 Ltd
Reporting AnalystNapp Pharmaceutical Group
Service Desk AnalystAtlas Consortium
Trainee TeacherSchool Partnership Trust Academies

Further Study

CourseInstitution
BDS Dental SurgeryManchester University
MSc Built Enviornment StudiesGreenwich University
MSc ChemistryLeeds University
MSc Medicinal Plants and Functional FoodsNewcastle University
MSc Petroleum GeochemistryNewcastle University
PGCE Durham University
PGCEGlasgow University
PGCE PrimaryNorthumbria University
PGCE SecondaryNewcastle University
PhD ChemistryNewcastle University
PhD in ChemistryUCL