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Where can a chemistry degree from Bath take you?

Give your future career the best possible start with a chemistry degree from Bath.

Are you interested in studying chemistry but not sure what you could do with your degree?


The wide range of skills and experience you’ll gain during a chemistry degree opens up so many potential career options. From working in a lab, to using the skills you’ve gained during your degree to work in marketing, finance or even start-up companies – the possibilities are endless!

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Read our graduate case studies

From developing pet supplement products to working with start-up companies in the US, our chemistry graduates have used their degree to pursue a diverse and exciting range of careers.


Graduate Philippe Wilson at his place of work

Award-winning chemistry graduate, Philippe Wilson talks about his roles leading a large research group at Nottingham Trent University and as a CSO in the NHS.

From Chemistry at Bath to Materials Science Entrepreneur in Pittsburgh, USA


MChem Chemistry graduate, John Watkins talks about his fast-paced career working with start-up companies in the US.

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Graduate John Watkins at his place of work

Using chemistry to improve the wellbeing of pets


Chemistry for Drug Discovery graduate, Molly Francis now leads product innovation in the pet supply industry.

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Graduate Molly Francis at her place of work

How a chemistry degree led to a career in oncology

MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery graduate Alex Orton talks about her career as a senior scientist atAstraZeneca.


Graduate Alex Orton at her place of work

From an early stage I knew that I wanted to work in a laboratory environment, and I was especially drawn to working in the pharmaceutical industry. With research showing that one in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime, I felt driven to be involved in oncology research.

Combining a passion for people, the life sciences and software industry

Chemistry graduate, Alex Padley talks about how his degree led to a fast-paced career as an Account Manager in Life Sciences.


Graduate Alex Padley at his place of work

I’ve always been interested in how science can benefit the world, but my chemistry degree was really what made this flourish. From studying spider-silk-producing-goats to investigating how cerium oxide can be used to create hydrogen fuel from water, my time at Bath really nurtured my interests.

Boost your employability by going on placement


All of our chemistry courses have a placement option, giving you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to up to a year working in industry. You'd be employed full-time in the third year of your degree, which is a great way to try out an area of work, as well as broaden your experience and gain new transferable skills. Also, as a graduate with employment experience you're more likely to be highly valued and sought-after by employers, and some students even receive a job offer from their placement employer!

By going on placement you could take advantage of our strong links to industry, with recent employers including GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, AkzoNobel and Pfizer. Our specialist placements team are also on hand to help you every step of the way, from application to your return to university.

Student on placement at SunChemical

Join a highly ranked university for employability

Bath graduates are highly valued and sought after by leading graduate employers.


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89% of our UK-based graduates are in high-skilled employment 15 months after leaving university (Graduate Outcomes Survey for 2018-19 leavers)

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