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 23 Chemistry BSc Honours graduates from Newcastle University who responded to our survey.
65% went into work, study or a combination of both.
Others were unavailable for employment, which includes those who took time out to travel, were ill or physically unable to work, or caring for dependants.
The classification 'other' can refer to a range of individual circumstances, for example, EU students who return to their country for national service.
Explicit refusals are where leavers send back the questionnaire marking it as a refusal, write a letter stating not to include them, or verbally state on the telephone that they do not wish to be included in the survey.
Of those in employment, 50% 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.
£17,600 was the average salary of all of the graduates who supplied us with salary details.
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, and product development. Some combine their technical knowledge with transferable skills gained on their course to work in scientific business areas such as chemical sales.
For those who choose to move outside of the scientific sector, graduates have applied their enhanced analytical skills by moving into financial roles such as tax, insurance and commodity brokering, and by securing postgraduate study in areas such as computing science and law. 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 examples of our 2009-2011 graduates' employment and further study destinations.
|Analytical Chemist||Broughton Laboratories|
|Assistant Manager||Sports Direct|
|Chemical Analyst||ALcontrol Laboratories|
|Chemical Sales Representative||Phenomenex Limited|
|Data Administrator||Hewlett Packard Ltd|
|English Language Teaching Assistant||EU-Comenius Program|
|Graduate Trainee||Marchwood Power|
|Management Trainee||Enterprise Rent-A-Car (UK) Ltd|
|Product Development Technician||Tanfield Food Company|
|Tax Assessor||HM Revenue & Customs|
|Underwriting Assistant||Chartis Insurance UK Limited|
|Business Management||University of Durham|
|Drug Chemistry||Newcastle University|
|Graduate Diploma in Law||Other private body in the UK|
|MSc Analytical Chemistry||The University of Teesside|
|MSc Computing Science||Newcastle University|
|MSc Petroleum Geochemistry||Newcastle University|
|PGCE Chemistry||Newcastle University|
|PGCE Chemistry||The University of Sunderland|
|PGCE Science||The University of Leeds|
|PGCE Science with Chemistry||The University of Sunderland|
|PGCE Secondary Education||Newcastle University|
|PGCE Secondary Science||University of Durham|
|PGCE Secondary Science||Newcastle University|