10 reasons to study Chemistry at Manchester


1. A 92% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey.

To aid your transition to university in Year 1 you will take a specifically designed course covering all branches of chemistry, using numerous demonstrations to help illustrate challenging new concepts. Outside of academic life an active chemistry society will help you make friends and settle in.


2. A £14 million investment in state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

We have two dedicated laboratories for undergraduate teaching and our internationally renowned research excellence in magnetic resonance spectroscopy has enabled us to provide dedicated teaching NMR and EPR instruments.


3. We are one of Britain’s largest and most respected schools of Chemistry.

We have an impressive international standing, the 2015 QS World University Rankings placed Manchester as 4th in the UK, 7th in Europe and 36th Worldwide. It’s a similar picture to the 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong listings and the 2015 Times Higher Education World Rankings where Manchester is again the top English university outside ‘Oxbridge’ and the capital.


4. A vibrant and friendly student community.

Manchester has the largest students’ union in the UK and we guarantee accommodation to all first years. Our PASS scheme means that you are mentored by your peers as well as the School's academics, so there is always someone on hand to help.


5. Our MChem courses allow you to experience the world of academic research.

All MChem courses have a strong research emphasis. Students on these programmes typically undertake two research projects: a group research project in Year 3 and an individual research project in Year 4, which utilises the full range of research facilities available to the School.


6. The breadth of our research lets you learn about areas of chemistry that might not be available elsewhere.

The contribution of staff from the Centre of Radiochemistry Research and the Dalton Cumbria Facility to the teaching programme gives undergraduates a unique appreciation of nuclear and radiation processes, available in few other university chemistry courses.


7. A wide range of disciplines are taught at Manchester.

Our School is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. This means that if you would like to branch out from chemistry and take ancillary course units in other subject areas, you can be sure of the same high standard of education.


8. Be taught by highly specialised experts.

The variety of chemistry experts in our School also means that topics such as computational chemistry can be included in our core courses, so a range of contemporary themes –from environmental chemistry and biotechnology, to materials for digital media and solar energy – can be explored.


9. We are a university most often targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers.

Having a qualification that opens doors is important. So we are proud that according to The Graduate Market in 2014-2015 High Flyers Research, we are a university most often targeted by graduate employers.  Chemistry graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of professions. Together the School and the University Careers Service provide you with the tools you need to succeed in finding a job after you graduate.


10. This School has put chemistry at the heart of science for the last 200 years. 

Chemistry has a long and distinguished history at Manchester with seven chemistry Nobel prizewinners. From John Dalton to James Joule, the foundations of modern chemistry have been laid here for the last 200 years. We have always been on the front line of chemistry, and we aim to stay there.



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