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I'm currently a first year at Cambridge and study physical natural sciences. I originally applied to chemical engineering, so at the end of the year, I should move on to a chemical engineering second year. However, I'm more interested in continuing with chemistry, picking double chemistry and materials science. My parents are worried that this will severely limit my career prospects. What jobs can someone gain access to with a NatSci degree specialising in chemistry?
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I'm currently a first year at Cambridge and study physical natural sciences. I originally applied to chemical engineering, so at the end of the year, I should move on to a chemical engineering second year. However, I'm more interested in continuing with chemistry, picking double chemistry and materials science. My parents are worried that this will severely limit my career prospects. What jobs can someone gain access to with a NatSci degree specialising in chemistry?
Not directly answering your question but you've probably got a great careers service at Cambridge and if they're like Oxford, they'll almost certainly be offering remote consultations to students at the moment. This is exactly the kind of question that they'll have experts in to answer for you, so I'd strongly recommend making an appointment to discuss this.
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I'm currently a first year at Cambridge and study physical natural sciences. I originally applied to chemical engineering, so at the end of the year, I should move on to a chemical engineering second year. However, I'm more interested in continuing with chemistry, picking double chemistry and materials science. My parents are worried that this will severely limit my career prospects. What jobs can someone gain access to with a NatSci degree specialising in chemistry?
Hi, I'm looking to apply for exactly what you did. From my research, the main job prospects are in research, teaching or finance. I would say chemical engineering provides a wider array of job prospects purely because you can do all the jobs of a Nat Sci student but you can also do many forms of engineering.

Would you mind if I pm'd you with a couple of questions about applying btw??
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I'm currently a first year at Cambridge and study physical natural sciences. I originally applied to chemical engineering, so at the end of the year, I should move on to a chemical engineering second year. However, I'm more interested in continuing with chemistry, picking double chemistry and materials science. My parents are worried that this will severely limit my career prospects. What jobs can someone gain access to with a NatSci degree specialising in chemistry?
Hi there,

I don't agree that it'd "severely limit" your career prospects. You are studying an interdisciplinary degree which is something many employers like, as you have a wider understanding of the field. However, you are still studying the modules you choose to the same depth as single science students so it's not like you're doing a "lesser" degree. If anything, it's harder as you have to understand and study 2 fields, and not just one.

If you study NatSci specialising in chemistry, I imagine you can go into the same jobs as someone with a straight chemistry degree provided you've studied whatever is relevant to the field. I would suggest looking at the graduate prospects for NatSci students from your uni, as they usually produce a document each year showing where graduates have gone on to work. At Bath, our NatSci graduates who specialise in chemistry go into the same jobs as a chemistry student would.

I hope this has helped,
Jessica, a third year NatSci student
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Hi, I'm looking to apply for exactly what you did. From my research, the main job prospects are in research, teaching or finance. I would say chemical engineering provides a wider array of job prospects purely because you can do all the jobs of a Nat Sci student but you can also do many forms of engineering.

Would you mind if I pm'd you with a couple of questions about applying btw??
Sorry, just saw this - feel free to pm me!
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