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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry / Careers

Year of entry: 2024

Career opportunities

Graduate with a degree from The University of Manchester's Chemistry Department and you'll be in demand among top graduate employers.* 

Our chemistry graduates are skilled in scientific methodology and are numerate, versatile and creative, making them attractive to employers from a range of sectors. As a medicinal chemistry graduate you will benefit from having an interdisciplinary grounding in both traditional chemistry and biochemistry, taught by leading academics in their field and industrialists from major pharmaceutical companies.

Around half of our graduates get their first job directly using their chemical knowledge; 25% go on to study a further degree; and the remaining 25% opt for diverse careers in a variety of industries. Roles that graduates opt for include: 

  • Analytical Chemistry;
  • Biotechnology
  • Science Communication;
  • Finance;
  • Management;
  • Computing;
  • IT.

Whatever field you choose, a chemistry degree can open the doors through a variety of opportunities, preparing you for work in a lab, or providing you with the analytical skills vital for success as a graduate in both a scientific and non-scientific environment.

Integrated Masters'

With an additional year of study, you are able to gain additional specialist knowledge in analytical or medicinal chemistry. You are also able to spend your Year 3 abroad or in industry, gaining highly sought after life skills and demonstrating a proven ability to adapt to new environments, attributes which will make you highly attractive to future employers.

Careers Service

Throughout the academic year, we run an extensive programme of employability events to further enhance your employment prospects, most of which are open to all students from all years. These events are run in collaboration with the University's award winning Careers Service , involving various alumni, employers and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and include numerous drop-in sessions. Additionally, the Careers Service commits to supporting you for two years after your graduation, helping you to have the best start possible after university. 

* (Graduate Market in 2023 - High Flier's Research )

Accrediting organisations

MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry as satisfying the academic requirements for admission to Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and the award of CChem (Chartered Chemist) for graduates with a first or second class honours degree.

Associated organisations

Graduates are eligible for Affiliate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry at a reduced rate. On graduation you can proceed to Associate or Full membership and Chartered Chemist Status (depending on degree class).