Our degree courses are designed to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of modern chemistry and a qualification from the University of York is highly respected by employers. Although the majority of our graduates progress to become scientists, the analytical and transferable skills which constitute part of our degrees are recognised as suitable training for a wide range of careers.
One in every five pounds in the UK economy is dependent on developments in chemistry research, according to a new report commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The report noted that industries reliant on chemistry contributed an astonishing £258 billion to the UK economy in 2007 - equivalent to 21% of UK GDP and supported six million jobs, accounting for at least 15% of the UK's exported goods and attracting significant inward investment.
As the chart demonstrates, the majority of our graduates go on either to scientific careers or to further study (this includes higher degrees and teacher training). Chemistry at York typically has an excellent 97% ‘Positive Destination’ rate, that is the proportion of students who either continue their studies or go into permanent employment. This is 4% above the national average for Chemistry graduates.
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A qualification in the chemistry opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates also achieve a high rate in the quality of their employment, typically with 79% entering professions in the top three occupational classes. This is a considerable 12% greater than the national average for chemists. View Chemistry alumni profiles.