There’s much more to chemistry than just mixing things together in test tubes. Indeed, chemistry is a branch of science that concerns the composition and properties of a substance or body and, for those with a natural aptitude for maths and science, it can be a fascinating area of study.
WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY?
If you’ve a natural aptitude for science, a passion for discovering how things work and strong mathematical and analytical skills, then chemistry should be right up your street! The course should be nice and varied, meaning you won’t just be stuck in lecturers all the time – you’ll also get the opportunity to spend plenty of time in the lab, carrying out experiments and conducting your own research.
AFTER YOUR DEGREE…
Many students opt to pursue careers in national and international laboratories and research facilities, meaning they’ll usually end up studying a postgraduate qualification such as an MSc or MRes (possibly before progressing on to a PhD) in order to gain specialist knowledge in a particular area. Graduates who go down this route end up working in the likes of nanotechnology, biotechnology or the pharmaceuticals industry, to name but a few options. Alternatively, if you decide you want to go into teaching after you graduate, you can gain qualified teaching status by studying a PGCE or a SCITT.
Of course, you don’t have to stay on at university. The transferable skills acquired throughout your degree will be adaptable to a wide range of industries – from finance and business to marketing and charity work.
There is a whole host of careers that you can go on to do after studying chemistry. The majority of students go on to work in sectors like:
- manufacturing – chemical and pharmaceutical
- finance – legal, accounting, corporate
- architecture and engineering activities
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Chemistry degree guide by Whatuni.