Why study chemistry?
Chemistry affects almost everything we do or use: from drugs, antibiotics and anaesthetics to ploymers and plastics through to synthetics fibres and batteries. It is hard to imagine any new product in recent times that did not require the creative efforts of a chemist at some stage in its development.
Research chemists have various roles. They conceive, provide and evaluate new compounds and materials, or new investigative techniques and instrumentation, which are so often the basis of economic progress and enhancement of the quality of life. Chemists study molecular transformations and how they take place, enabling us to understand our world.
The study of chemistry will appeal to those who are interested in developing the materials, molecules and pharmaceuticals of the future, or to those who are curious about molecular transformations and how they take place.
Recent graduates are employed in the wine, pharmaceutical, paint, mining, petrochemical, petroleum and automotive industries, and research and analytical laboratories.
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