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  • Far-reaching career prospects

    100% of our undergraduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating*


​Our graduates have consistently high employment rates and we feel our role in this is to support our students in developing the skills that make them highly sought after by employers.​

“100% of Reading graduates are in work or further study after six months.”

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), 2016-17, League Table Cohort (UK Domiciled, First Degree, Full Time students)

We offer both generalist chemistry degrees and degrees focused on particular industries with high demand for well-trained graduates. Whichever route you choose you can be assured that our degree programmes have been developed with employability in mind.

Professional chemists are in demand in many areas, but a degree in chemistry can be a solid stepping stone on any career journey. As a chemistry graduate you might find that:

  • your analytical skills and training are in demand for fighting food crime or solving environmental challenges;
  • your numerical skills and training lead you into accountancy or computing;
  • your logic skills and training are suited for a career in law; or
  • your passion for communicating science takes you into the media, journalism or teaching.

A degree in chemistry isn't easy and employers recognise this. Analysis of Government data shows that five years after graduating, chemistry graduates are on average earning 10% more than the average graduate (Longitudinal Education Outcomes Survey (LEO), 2016). 

We are ranked 4th in the UK for graduate earning power in the Physical, Material and Forensic Sciences subject area.*

“I work for Network Rail as a Scheme Project Manager on the Crossrail programme. I work within the Signalling programme, which can be seen as the 'dark art' due to the technical nature of it and while I don't need to understand all of the engineering that is involved, my background in Chemistry has given me a foundation for understanding technical terms, which is actually very useful.”

Gagan Singh

MChem Chemistry, Graduate (2014)

Thrive with career mentoring

We have a strong global network of alumni at Reading who are keen to support the next generation by providing career mentoring to students in their penultimate year of study. The Thrive scheme pairs successful professional alumni with students, fostering a supportive environment for students to discuss their aspirations and test their ideas about graduate life.

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*Based on the BBC's analysis of a report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies ('The relative labour market returns to different degrees' published on 7 June 2018). See: The figures are based on English students graduating between 2008 and 2012 and show graduate earnings five years after graduating from a particular university and subject, relative to the average degree for a man or a woman."

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