Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer

We welcome your feedback

Please help us improve The University of Manchester website by completing a short questionnaire at the end of your visit.

Yes, I'll give feedback No, thanks

Read our privacy notice

Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch
Search type

Alternatively, use our A–Z index


Careers and employability are central to your studies at The University of Manchester. Our students complete their studies with so much more than a degree – they grasp the opportunities we offer and set their own course for a lifetime of success.

Each year our careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors; no other university works harder to get your career off the ground.

A Manchester degree carries weight around the world. We’re one of the most targeted UK universities by major graduate recruiters (The Graduate Market in 2013, High Fliers Research Ltd) and we have a score of 100/100 for ‘employer reputation’ (QS World University Rankings 2013).

We offer:

  • careers-related assistance from the first day, including help to find part-time jobs and internships;
  • essential advice from trained careers consultants and industry professionals;
  • support tailored to the specific needs of international students;
  • two years’ access to our careers service after graduation.

Developing skills that employers want

Many of our academic Schools offer career-related course units that count towards degrees. By selecting these units you can develop skills such as teamwork and commercial awareness – and many lectures are delivered by employers, who will explain exactly what they are looking for in recruits.

Our Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) combines a credit-bearing ‘Leadership in Action’ course unit with up to 60 hours of voluntary work in the community. MLP is widely respected because it encourages students to develop a range of transferable skills that employers like to see, while making a positive difference to the lives of local people.

Manchester graduates have an excellent reputation among employers and the University maintains close links with major global companies. This ensures that our teaching is relevant to the needs of employers. For those looking for work experience as part of their degree, many courses offer the opportunity to spend a period of time with a company, which we refer to as a ‘with industrial experience’ option.