Careers 

When you study with us you'll become a highly qualified graduate who will have the necessary skills to slot straight into industry. Qualified Chemical Engineers are more highly paid than those in other engineering professions.

Chemical process engineers are employed in every field involving the design and manufacture of products or processes, you could work in industrial fields as diverse as food and drink manufacture, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, nuclear technology, renewable energy and materials design. Our graduates also work in safety, environmental protection, consultancy, research and plant management and others transferring into financial services or running their own businesses.

You'll be in demand. Our graduates work across the globe for companies like as Shell, EDF, Phillips 66, Jaguar Landrover, Arup, QinetiQ, Porton Biopharma and GlaxoSmithKline.  You'll also gain industrial experience, either through a year in industry or summer placement.     

Our Careers Liaison Officer, Louise Hall, offers you support in applying for the year in industry scheme, and you’ll also have access to a dedicated Faculty Employability Team. Recent students have undertaken a year in industry at companies such as BASF, AWE, Spirax-Sarco, Sellafield, E.ON, IBM and many more.

Careers and Industry Day

Each year the Department holds a Careers and Industry day for you, this event provides an opportunity for you to meet and network with our industrial contacts, as well as finding out about opportunities in further study. Last year over 300 students benefited from practical skills workshops, graduate and placement talks from prestigious companies including, Cargill, Astra Zeneca, BOC, Shell, Essar Oil and Bechtel.  We also run a regular speed networking event, allowing you to spend time with volunteer graduates finding out about their career paths.

Work Placements 

Work placements are incredibly useful and you'll have access to a wide variety of companies when studying here.  Working in industry enables companies to judge your abilities more effectively than by interview, many companies do offer jobs after your degree if you have worked with them during a placement.