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  • Experience in industry

    Get ready for the workplace, make connections and develop valuable skills


A year working in industry gives you an opportunity to put what you've learned into practice, develop professional skills and make contacts within industry - it's a time to separate yourself from the competition.

We have dedicated tutors who work with you and our industry contacts to get you the best placement possible. We'll help you hone your CV and interview skills as part of the process so that you have a head start on securing the perfect job when you graduate.

“I am now spending my third-year working for specialist chemical manufacturer, ProSynth Ltd, who provide custom chemistry services for pharmaceutical and materials science companies. This will allow me to apply for a Registered Scientist (RSci) accreditation upon completion of my degree.”

Michael Wall

MChem Chemistry with a Year in Industry/Research

At the centre of industry

Our location in the heart of the Thames Valley means that there are many potential host companies on our doorstep, although some of our students choose to go further afield or even abroad. In recent years, placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Procter and Gamble, Johnson Matthey, Syngenta, BP Castrol, AkzoNobel, 3M, COTY (Rimmel), Alchemy Ingredients and even NASA.

Current MChem Chemistry student, Hannah Newman, completed her Professional Placement Year at local company CEM Analytical Services Ltd. As an Analytical Chemist, she worked on the development of pharmaceutical drugs. Watch the video to find out more.

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