Careers and personal development

Hello Future

At Lancaster, we don't just want you to pass your degree. We are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to begin your career.

Personal Development

There is a wide variety of ways in which we will develop your skills so that you are prepared to take the next step after graduating.

Chemistry graduates tend to be great problem solvers, analytical thinkers, well organised and highly numerical. These skills explain why chemists have been instrumental in developing our modern world. As well as improving your specialist knowledge of the subject, we will also help you to develop the skills needed to take the next step in your career. That career may involve further study and research or a career in one of the many destinations for which your degree will equip you.

What kind of skills can I expect to develop?

  • Communication
  • Research
  • Technical
  • Numerical ability
  • Analytical
  • Logical thinking
  • Innovation

Careers Development Module

In Year 2, our module ‘Using Your Degree for Career Success’ is designed to give you the skills you need to find the perfect graduate job. You will start to develop a career path and enhance your job search and applications skills. This includes understanding and interpreting job adverts, writing CVs, understanding assessment centres and developing interview skills. We also invite our business contacts to present to you, which will help you learn about career opportunities and market trends.

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Employment Destinations

Chemistry graduates are well-positioned to begin a career with a high starting salary and the chance to earn in excess of £60,000 per annum as their career develops.

A chemistry degree opens up a wide range of employment opportunities, not only in chemistry-related industries but also in forensics, teaching, medicine or public health.

Some of our previous graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as BP Oil Company, Boots chemists, Mobil, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble.

According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, chemistry graduates now work in the following positions:

Project manager Household goods senior scientist Medicinal chemist Policy advisor
Sustainability consultant  Flavourist and innovation decorator Director of IRC in biomedical materials Senior committee specialist
Registered scientist  Applications chemist Director of medicinal chemistry Patent attorney
Chief chemist  Quality assurance chemist  Experimental chemist Investor relations manager
Environmental chemist  Fragrance chemist  Cancer researcher Tax accountant
Director of enterprise and communication  Consumer products technician  Analytical scientist Publishing
Project leader in enhanced experimentation Senior sports scientist   Research portfolio director Policy researcher 
Engineer  Science communicator    

Chemistry graduates can also apply to the RSC become chartered chemists. This is a recognised professional qualification which demonstrates to potential employers that you are committed to your profession. This will show that you've achieved an accredited standard of competence in addition to your qualifications.

Chemistry at Lancaster University


All current Chemistry students and recent graduates can apply for relevant paid work experience through the Faculty of Science and Technology Internship Programme.

The programme provides full-time, 2-3 month paid summer internship opportunities for science and technology students from July to September, advertised and recruited April - May. Part-time internships are available all year round at varying lengths to fit around your studies. Students can receive up to £1,000 per month for full-time work. Your pay for part-time work is on a pro-rata basis.

Location and travel

Internships usually take place with a host organisation, and you'll work from their premises for the entirety of the position. Most businesses are located in the north-west of England, but opportunities outside this area are sometimes available.

Gain experience and skills

Relevant work experience while you are at university is crucial to achieving a good graduate job. An internship will help you develop transferable skills such as:

  • Team working
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Commercial awareness


  • Choose from a broad spectrum of science and technology roles
  • Test potential career options
  • Gain further employment - many employers use internships to test a new position and frequently offer graduate roles to interns

Get involved

  1. Register on the Science and Technology Internship Programme website
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for vacancy updates
  3. Apply for vacancies using the online CV template

Expert support

Student Employability Manager Pam Pickles liaises with students and businesses and manages the internships programme. Pam supports each student throughout the whole process.

If you have any questions or want to talk about your career planning and aspirations and how internships can help kick-start your career, please contact Pam on +44 (0)1524 510 193 or by email to

Apply for paid work experience through our Internship Programme

Careers Support

As a student at Lancaster, you will gain access to our excellent careers service, offering lifetime support, help and friendly advice.

The Careers Service provides a dedicated service for students and graduate employers. We offer lifetime support, help and advice to all of our students, including one-to-one advice and information on work experience, employability skills and careers.

You can also undertake the Lancaster Award, which rewards you for taking part in activities outside of your degree scheme. Furthermore, our on-campus recruitment agency advertises part-time work within the University, ensuring fair access to the paid work that is available.

Careers Events

The Department hosts an annual Chemistry Careers Networking Event, giving students the opportunity to hear from those working in a variety of science-based roles. These include positions in industry, teaching, research, experimental officers and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Each guest will give an overview of their chosen career and the path they took to get there. There is also the chance to talk informally and ask questions. We also provide an opportunity to attend a CV clinic for one-to-one advice and to attend a practice interview. There are careers events throughout the academic year that many students find invaluable.

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