Industrial Partners

A student and an academic working together on a Mass Spec machine

Launching in 2023, our MChem with Industrial Placement provides you with an opportunity to employ final year Chemistry students from the summer of 2025

What can you expect from a Lancaster Chemistry student?

There are so many reasons why sponsoring our MChem students could be beneficial to you and your business:

Our brightest students enrol on the MChem degrees

Only students with the highest grades (a minimum of a 2.1 average) are permitted to embark on a placement year, meaning that you will have the choice of only our very best Chemistry students.

We will prepare them for working on your projects

After three years of study and practical work, our students will have more experience than those where the placement is traditionally completed in an earlier study year, meaning that they are well-prepared for working within a fast-paced chemistry industry.

We will support our students throughout the placement

Throughout the year, we will provide support for both our students and our hosts to ensure that both of you have a successful experience.

You get access to the very best of our graduates as potential employees

If the placement goes well, you may wish to offer the candidate a job. A final year placement positions our students to accept job offers and provide continuity in your organisation

How do we prepare our students for placement?

Industry survey of chemistry graduate skills

The Chemistry Department at Lancaster University is looking for input from the chemical industry regarding the expectations of recent chemistry graduates. If you work within the chemical industry, please take the time to fill out our form, which will enable us to improve our degree programmes and address the essential employability criteria necessary for our chemistry graduates to succeed.

Fill in the form

Join our advisory board

As part of the chemistry department's wider engagement agenda, to expand our relationship with industry and to make sure that our research and teaching fully align with industrial needs in the future, we are creating a Chemistry-Industry Advisory Board.

Expected benefits to both parties include:

For Lancaster UniversityFor Industrial Members
Access to potential partners for major initiatives
(research, infrastructure, commercialisation)
Access to university facilities including networks, library
resource, and incubator space
Industrial contribution to working policies Access to experts
Industrial input to strategic plans Access to the student base for recruitment
Source of Industrial placements UG/PG Opportunity to influence the educational process in the
context of employer requirements
Contributor to outreach metrics Access to laboratories and equipment
Contributor to world rankings (private sector
Access to and influence over CPD opportunities for their
Source of CPD delegates and student sponsorship Opportunity to sponsor academic staff – e.g. The
<<Name of Company>> Chair in <<XXX>> Chemistry
Assist with EDI targets (student, staff) and improve
research environment
Access to assistance associated with meeting EDI

If you and your company wish to find out more and become a part of this new initiative, please contact the Chemistry Engagement Champion.

New degree (MChem with Industrial Placement) launch event a success

The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University celebrated the launch of the new MChem with Industrial Placement degree with a half-day event on the 11th October.

The day was introduced by the Head of the Department with a brief overview of Lancaster Chemistry and showcased the structure of the new programme (talk by the Industrial Placement Coordinator), the support available at Lancaster (talks from the careers and the Students Engagement Team) and through the RSC for students to find and apply for placements, and a fantastic selection of available placements from representatives of different chemical industries (AstraZeneca, Charles Rivers, Syngenta, Sika, Sygnature Discovery, Victrex, Pharmaron and The Vita group).

The event was well attended by Lancaster staff, including Faculty representatives, current first and second-year students, industrial reps and school teachers. After the talks, there was a lively networking event with refreshments provided by LU and Calyxdrinks, where people had the chance to talk to some of our sponsors at their stands (Shimazdu, OCCA, The Yordas Group, RSC).

The organisers would like to thank all our online and in person speakers and our generous sponsors (RSC, Sygnature Discovery, Charles Rivers, Pharmaron, Key Organics, Shimazdu, The Yordas Group, OCCA and Calyxdrinks) and the Faculty of Science and Technology at LU for their support through the FST Engagement Fund.

Several Lancaster chemistry students have requested the transfer from their current studies to the new degree, and we will be supporting them to find placements for the 2025/26 academic year.

The Industrial Placement team

Our Sponsors