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Your careers options explained – from pharmacology, science education, consultancy and a lot more

Where could Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary take you? Even if you’re not sure of your next move after university, you’ll want to know what your options are. The good news is that Chemical Sciences has a number of fascinating and rewarding professional applications.

While a reassuring number of our graduates stay working in science, some find they have the transferrable skills to forge a path in a completely different sector – with finance often being a popular alternative choice.

For example, our graduates have gone on to work across sectors including the media, technology, finance, and clinical and laboratory work. GlaxoSmithKline, Boots UK, Hammersmith Medicines Research, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust and KPMG are just a few of the recent employers our graduates have found careers with.


Chemistry graduates will find that not only are they equipped to enter the chemical industry (one of the UK’s largest), but that their data-handling and analytical skills are also highly sought-after by business and finance employers.

Recent chemistry graduates have been hired by:

  • Hammersmith Medicines Research
  • EY
  • KPMG

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Similarly to Chemistry graduates, Pharmaceutical Chemistry students will find they are in demand in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Again, their transferrable date-handling and analytical mean business and finance are options too.

Recent pharmaceutical chemistry graduates have gone on to roles at:

  • Boots UK
  • EY
  • ETH Zurich

Wherever your next steps take you, you’ll be fantastically placed with a variety of sought-after skills and knowledge. 93% of the School's undergraduate programme's graduates are in employment/or study six months after graduating. The average starting salary for our graduates within six months of graduation is £26,924 -Thats over £3,000 more than the national average (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18).

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