96% of our graduates were in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree, and 87% were in a graduate-level position.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2017

Our courses have been created with your career in mind. All of our modules have been designed to give you skills for your CV and experience you can talk about at job interviews, whether or not you want to pursue a career in science – problem solving, team working, fact-finding, data analysis, critical thinking, communication, project management and more.

Because our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, you can develop the practical skills and expert knowledge that every professional chemist needs. You can also learn about what makes a successful chemistry business and study the industrial processes used in the chemical industry.


Skills For Success


Our Skills for Success training gives you a project to work on outside the lab. You'll run an activity such as giving a talk, presenting a poster, hosting a debate, producing a video for our annual SkillsFest event. It's a chance to showcase your ability to research a topic and communicate your findings, which many employers value.


Chemistry Careers Day

Careers day

Every year, we host a careers day, where you can explore career options and meet with employers who hire chemistry graduates. Speakers often include our graduates. They're in a great position to provide hints and tips on how they got into their job, and give you a clearer picture of what you'd like to do after graduation.


Year in Industry

If you do one of our Chemistry with a Year in Industry courses, you'll spend your third year working for a top organisation. You'll get even more experience to put on your CV, using your knowledge and skills to help businesses solve problems. Students on this course are often offered a graduate level job when their placement finishes.

100% of University of Sheffield chemistry students who did a placement year were in graduate-level work or further study six months after graduation.


I feel nowadays with so many people getting a degree, experience is very important to employers and spending it in another country helps you stand out.

Joshua Balacky, MChem CHEMISTRY

Joshua spent a year of his degree working for a major science and technology company in Germany, where he worked on identifying impurities in drugs, as well as researching the LED compounds found in phone screens.

Joshua Balacky

What can I do with my chemistry degree?

Chemists make things. Some of the biggest employers of our students are pharmaceutical companies, where chemists develop new medicines, and consumer goods companies, where they make lots of the products you see on supermarket shelves. Graduates can also go into industrial chemical labs creating the chemicals and materials that make large-scale manufacturing possible.

The science industry is more than just scientists though – big companies like Unilever and GSK need graduates who understand science to work in communications, market research and business development roles. Students on our MChem Chemistry with Study in Industry course are often offered jobs at the companies where they did their placement year.

If the lab is where you feel most at home, you could also work as a scientist at a university or research institute. To follow this path, many of our MChem students build on their fourth year research project by staying with us for their PhD. Graduates can also stay connected to academia by working for scientific journals, publishing the latest research.

What if I want to work outside science?

Sheffield is a World Top 100 University, and a good degree from a great university can take you far, whatever you want to do. We have graduates using their scientific minds in everything from finance to computer programming.

Click on a job title or the name of an employer to meet one of our graduates

The University of Sheffield's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to chemistry students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate.

Careers Service