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MEng Chemical Engineering / Careers

Year of entry: 2024

Career opportunities

Katie Clamp studied Chemical Enginering here and now works at Unilever.

Manchester is the birthplace of Chemical Engineering, and we continue to excel in its teaching and research. That's why our graduates are highly sought after and a Chemical Engineering degree from Manchester can be your ticket into any number of industries.

Our graduates have progressed to careers in food and drink, chemicals, oil or gas; some have gone into petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, energy generation, or waste treatment. Roles for a chemical engineering graduate can vary, including product design, research and development, project management, and manufacturing. You could even use the skills you gain to pursue a career in a non-chemical engineering sector, such as business, finance, marketing, banking, insurance, accountancy, or IT - your job could take you anywhere in the world.

Our graduates have gained roles such as:

  • Site Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Low Carbon Technologies Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Safety Consultant
  • Site Manager.

Our graduates have secured roles at organisations including: 

  • Pfizer
  • Barclays
  • Unilever
  • Siemens
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Air Products
  • Shell
  • Tesco
  • BP.

By undertaking a degree with us, you will develop skills that will be invaluable for you in your future career, such as: 

  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Presentation and communication
  • Use of information technology.

What's more, graduate with a degree from us and you'll be in demand among the top graduate employers by attending one of the most targeted universities according to  The Graduate Market in 2023 - High Fliers Research.

Whatever you decide, you'll be among a cohort of chemical engineering graduates who typically go on to earn more than those progressing from other disciplines.

Careers Service

We are committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. That's why The University of Manchester's award-winning Careers Service will continue to support you two years after graduation. 

Department of Chemical Engineering Blog

Explore more about our students' experiences, our alumni and where they are now, and our department in our blog.

Accrediting organisations

All of our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).