Improve your business and entrepreneurial skills with this online course for chemistry undergraduates, featuring video lectures and interviews based on the chemical industry
Are you interested in joining a large multinational company after you graduate? Or perhaps you’d rather be part of a growing entrepreneurial startup? Whatever your ambition, this short online course is designed to help you identify and develop the skills you need to pursue a career in business.
Whether you’re learning remotely or studying in your own time, learn about key business skills through a combination of video lectures and interviews based on the chemical industry.
What’s on this page
This course is divided into four sections, covering the essential skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a future in business:
- Business basics focuses on introducing key business concepts such as business plans, market need, project management and routes to market through a series of six short video lectures.
- Chemistry in industry addresses some of the challenges and opportunities currently facing chemistry-related industries, and explores the role of chemistry in the UK and global economies, via a series of four short video lectures.
- Making money features three video lectures on the financial aspects of business, including cost, price and value, as well as risk and investment.
- Intellectual property introduces the concept of IP, focusing in particular on patents. This section includes two video lectures, plus a series of interviews with an intellectual property lawyer.
The sections are laid out in a logical order, but you can complete them in any order you wish.
1. Business basics
Explore the video lectures below to learn about some of the basics of business in a chemistry context, from producing a business plan and assessing market need to project management and product design.
1.1. The business plan
1.2. Market need
1.4. Project management
1.5. Value and product design
1.6. Methods of commercialisation
2. Chemistry in industry
Watch the video lectures below to explore the economic contribution made by chemistry-using industries, including some of the challenges currently facing these industries and associated opportunities for innovation.
2.1. UK chemical-using industries
2.2. The global chemical economy
2.3. Current challenges facing the chemistry-using industries
2.4. Drivers for innovation
3. Making money
Use the video lectures in this section to develop your understanding of how successful chemistry-using businesses control their finances and make profit.
3.1. Cost, price and value
3.3. Risk and investment
4. Intellectual property
Explore the video lectures below to familiarise yourself with key concepts concerning intellectual property and how inventions may be protected by patents.
4.1. Introduction to intellectual property
4.3. Ask Rachel
Watch the videos from this interview with Rachel Oxley, a patent attorney, to find out more about intellectual property, patents and what intellectual property lawyers do.
This resource was originally published in 2012 as part of the Business Skills for Chemists website. It was developed by the University of Nottingham in association with the Royal Society of Chemistry, and funded by the National HE STEM Programme.