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Alex Jones

MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Alex Jones

Destination: Research Scientist in Personal Care, Unilever

In the summer of 2015, I graduated with a Master's degree in Chemistry with Industrial experience. Originally I had chosen the Bachelors of Science 3-year course, but I chose to switch to the Masters course due to the number of post-university opportunities, the chance to work in industry and the chance to develop my research skills.

In my Master's year, I was taken on by Unilever R&D (Leeds) to complete a year in industry placement with them. This year, to me, was basically a stepping stone into the working world of research and allowed me to grow my connections, networks, research circles and ultimately improve my skills in the industry to allow me to apply for jobs once I finished University. I completed a dissertation whilst working at Unilever, along with balancing my short-course modules, coursework and exams (which was really tough but very rewarding!).

Before even graduating, I was asked if I would like to work at the prestigious Unilever Port Sunlight R&D site, as a Research Scientist in Personal Care, which I accepted and have been there ever since.

My year in industry proved to be so beneficial, it opened up so many more opportunities, and really helped boost my CV! I have been promoted since and I am now working as a Global Assistant Technical Project Leader for Sunsilk.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment at the University of Bradford from the lectures, to lab classes, to completing short research projects at other universities, and would highly recommend the Master's in Chemistry course to any prospective chemistry student.