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Graduate Employment

86% of our 2014 Chemistry and Forensic Sciences graduates found employment, or went on to further study, within six months of graduating*

Our courses have been designed to provide training in the major employment sectors for chemistry.

Recent destinations

Here are some jobs recent graduates went into:

  • Unilever - Formulation Scientist
  • Teaching - secondary school science
  • Patheon - Analyst
  • University of Cardiff - PhD research in chemical catalysis

Diverse careers

The diverse careers available to chemists are reflected in the examples of first jobs for Bradford chemistry graduates shown below (available as a diagram and as text).

Chemistry students first destinations diagram.

Research programmes

  • Pharmaceutical Innovation
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Polymer Technology


  • Site chemist
  • Development chemist
  • Production organic chemist
  • Environmental Assessor


  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Pharmaceutical Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst


  • R&D Formulation Chemist
  • Formulation Scientist
  • Development Scientist
  • Senior Formulation Technician


  • Volume Crime Scene Investigator
  • Fraud Officer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Home Office Science Officer
  • Scenes of Crime Officer
  • Police Constable
  • Intelligence Indexer


  • Construction site manager
  • Tender and bids executive
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Personal loans manager
  • Project manager
  • Tax inspector
  • Customer service manager
  • Helicopter Pilot

Other career opportunities

In addition to careers in the science sector, your university training will fit you for a very wide range of careers where clear thinking, sound reasoning and numeracy are required.

Finance and management

Chemists are particularly attractive in these spheres and a number of our graduates have moved into successful careers in finance and management in both public and private sectors.


A number of our graduates progress to postgraduate qualifications for teaching either for chemistry or general science at secondary level or general teaching at junior level.

Further study

A significant number of our graduates move on to further study each year. The majority of these people utilise their knowledge to move onto Master’s and Doctoral research programmes leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications.

In many cases, students use the experiences that they gain at Bradford, particularly in the research projects in the final year of BSc and MChem/MSci programmes, to decide on the specialist areas for the major theme of their research.

The MChem/ MSci programmes are specifically designed to equip graduates with the advanced experimental techniques for research so that graduates are well prepared for moving into research at the forefront of science.

Others enrol on taught Master’s degrees leading to MSc qualifications.

The areas of interest for our students are wide ranging. In recent years some have built on degree studies in areas as diverse as Funerary Archaeology or Petrochemical Engineering, while others have moved in to new fields such as Computing.