Chemistry with Research in Industry MChem

Key information


Career prospects

Our graduates develop a wide range of skills including numeracy, problem solving and IT in addition to scientific skills.

Visits to the Department by leading companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever ensure that you make contact with prospective employers at key stages in your final year. Graduates find employment in many areas, from the pharmaceutical industry to business management. Typical careers of our graduates include assistant analyst, development chemist, research assistant, and site chemist. 

Recent employers

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Unilever
  • IOTA Nanosolutions Ltd
  • Perstorp Caprolactones
  • Shell
  • Towers Watson
  • United Utilities


Work experience opportunities

Students who take up the paid year in industrial research find it provides an excellent foundation for the final year at university and subsequent employment or postgraduate research. There are also opportunities for summer employment in the Department.

Postgraduate opportunities

The Department offers a range of Masters opportunities and its Research School is one of the largest in the UK offering opportunities for PhD study drawing on the specialisms of members of staff. The School is particularly well-known for its work in:

  • Chemistry at the Biology Interface
  • Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Catalysis and Surface Science
  • Electrochemistry and Photochemistry
  • Solid State and Materials Chemistry
  • Nanoscale Science
  • Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainable Chemistry

Melanie Fisher
Chemistry with Pharmacology BSc (Hons)

Intelligence Analyst
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Working as an Intelligence Analyst requires me to analyse abstracted data and produce reports in the form of intelligence products which are used to aid management decisions. Good problem-solving skills, analytical skills, a high level of computer literacy and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines with minimum supervision are essential for my role.