Johnson Matthey Young Scientist Undergraduate Programme

What is the Young Scientist Undergraduate Programme?

The Young Scientist Undergraduate Programme is a two year scheme designed to give young people the opportunity to develop a wide range of scientific skills via a combination of practical work experience, further education and in house training.  This programme is for you if you are an A level Chemistry student who is interested in developing your technical knowledge alongside gaining practical skills within a research and development (R&D) environment.


What does the programme involve?

Young scientists have four six-month placements, each in a different area within the Johnson Matthey's R&D function. You will be involved in both experimental and analytical activities. A great deal of our experimentation is supported by high tech process control and computer modelling systems. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in these areas as well as conventional chemistry.


What studying is involved? Is there a cost?

You will be enrolled on a part-time BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree at Teesside University.  Johnson Matthey will sponsor you for the two years you are on the programme, therefore there are no fees to pay. 

Additionally, over the course of the two years, you will complete NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities. You will also gain Registered Scientist Status (RSci).


What are the entry requirements for the Programme?

Candidates should have gained a minimum of 280 UCAS points, preferably science based, with at least a grade C in Chemistry plus 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Mathematics.


Young Scientist Programme - at a glance
  The programme offers you:-
Salary Competitive
University fees £0, no fees to pay
  • NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
  • Registered Scientist status (RSci)
  • BSC (Hons) Chemistry 
Experience Two years in a diverse range of scientific roles, in a high tech environment
Teamwork Work as part of a team within the four placements
Industry acumen Two years working alongside industry professionals
On your CV Four, six month placements in key scientific departments of a leading FTSE 100 company