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 25 Chemistry BSc Honours graduates from Newcastle University who responded to our survey.

2012 Newcastle University Chemistry BSc Honours Graduates

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84% went into work, study or a combination of both.

Of those in employment, 54% 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.

£20,833 was the average salary of all of the graduates who supplied us with salary details.

Those who are unemployed are in the minority and includes those with jobs arranged to start after the date of this survey.

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, 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 recent examples of graduates' employment and further study destinations.

Graduate Employment

Job TitleEmployer
Analytical ChemistBroughton Laboratories
Analytical Chemistry Laboratory TechnicianProcter and Gamble
Assistant ManagerFarmfoods
Assistant ManagerSports Direct
Business Development Co-ordinatorPalintest
Chemical AnalystALcontrol Laboratories
Chemical Sales RepresentativePhenomenex Limited
Commodities BrokerICAP
Data AdministratorHewlett Packard Ltd
EngineerNSK Ltd
English Language Teaching AssistantEU-Comenius Program
Graduate TraineeMarchwood Power
Laboratory AnalystGSK
Management TraineeEnterprise Rent-A-Car (UK) Ltd
Medical Records AssistantRamsay House
Product Development TechnicianTanfield Food Company
Project ManagerFDM Group
RecruiterLeap29 Ltd
Tax AssessorHM Revenue & Customs
Underwriting AssistantChartis Insurance UK Limited

Further Study

CourseInstitution
Business ManagementUniversity of Durham
Graduate Diploma in LawOther private body in the UK
MSc Analytical ChemistryThe University of Teesside
MSc Computing ScienceNewcastle University
MSc Drug ChemistryNewcastle University
MSc Petroleum GeochemistryNewcastle University
PGCE ChemistryThe University of Sunderland
PGCE ChemistryNewcastle University
PGCE ScienceThe University of Leeds
PGCE Science with ChemistryThe University of Sunderland
PGCE Secondary EducationNewcastle University
PGCE Secondary ScienceUniversity of Durham
PGCE Secondary ScienceNewcastle University