University of Manchester: 6 programmes to a rewarding career in the natural sciences
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University of Manchester: 6 programmes to a rewarding career in the natural sciences

Humanity has never lived better — we owe this, in no small part, to the advances in the natural sciences. We take our vitamins knowing they are safe and beneficial to our health. We pay less in bills thanks to increasingly sustainable homes. We got our COVID-19 vaccines — enthusiastically — knowing many chemists and biologists worked tirelessly to ensure they would help us return to life as we knew it.

Nobel Prize-winning physicists have helped us understand the formation of black holes while discovering supermassive ones we never knew existed. Ultimately, the natural sciences help us understand, predict, and research the earth and the universe.

At the University of Manchester, discoveries are made everyday at the internationally-renowned, world-changing School of Natural Sciences. Labs have discovered new, more efficient ways to develop valuable molecules. They’ve launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. They’ve led a multi-million pound project to launch a low-orbiting satellite as part of a forthcoming SpaceX mission this coming summer.

These are just a few of the milestones the university has achieved in recent months. Programmes are just as stellar. They offer quality teaching and provide exposure to valuable research activities. Most importantly, the school is as good as equipping students with the skills they need to become and remain employable, as it is visionary.

Combine this prestigious Russell Group education with an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, and tomorrow’s scientists have a formula for success. Just ask the 94% of Manchester graduates who have gone straight into jobs or further study.

With the right knowledge, skills and confidence, they are now leading rewarding, lucrative, and future-proof careers. If you share this dream, here are the six programmes every future scientist should consider:

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If you seek to understand the world and to solve the challenges dogging our planet, this is the programme for you. With a Manchester education, the world is your classroom. Field trips to France, Guatemala, Italy, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Scotland, the US and Wales will give you multidisciplinary problem-solving and team-working skills.

Add exposure to Manchester’s research into climate change, pollution and ecosystem conservation, energy and resources, and you’re set to thrive in the workplace. Eighty-four percent of Manchester graduates earn an average salary of 27,000 pounds within 15 months after graduating.


This programme produces professionals capable of combining design awareness, technology and fashion with key skills in marketing and management. As well as being accredited by the Textile Institute and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the programme also has strong ties to industry leaders like Next, ASOS, Tommy Hilfiger, Uniqlo, The Hut Group, and M & S.

Having gained key skills in ethical sourcing, sustainability, brand and operations management, buying and merchandising, garment technology, marketing and the digital industry, students go on to earn an average salary of 21,100 pounds within 15 months after graduating.


At Manchester, state-of-the-art facilities abound for materials science students. Here, you’ll gain exposure to the largest and most diverse materials activity in Europe, as well as connect with potential employers throughout the country thanks to the university’s strong industrial links. This is why Manchester ranks among the top five in the UK for the subject.

When you graduate, you’re ready to contribute a breadth of knowledge, advanced research skills, and the ability to think independently to a wide range of organisations. This programme boasts a 100% employability rate within 15 months of graduation and an average graduate salary of 28,400 pounds.


Ranked among the UK’s top 10 universities for mathematics, the University of Manchester is where aspiring mathematicians evolve into some of the most sought-after experts in a range of sectors and around the globe. As early as Year 2, students begin a year-long placement to gain the experiential knowledge they will need to succeed. You’ll prepare for these placements from as early as day one.

After graduating, you’re set to take on roles in every industry imaginable — from fashion and pharmaceuticals to investment banking. Eighty-five percent of graduates land these jobs, with a recorded average salary of 28,000 pounds.

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Manchester ranked first in England for its physics and astronomy offerings for various reasons. Here, BSc programmes offer training in physics, astronomy, theoretical physics, mathematics, and more in outstanding facilities graced by the brightest minds — including Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, and world-famous professor Brian Cox.

Upon completion, you’re ready to join an alumni body that is either thriving in various sectors or furthering their studies — 89% of graduates have secured jobs with an average salary of 28,000 pounds. Manchester graduates can commonly be found climbing the ladder in tech or finance companies.


Choosing a chemistry education from the University of Manchester means following in the footsteps of seven chemistry Nobel Prize winners and a number of Royal Society of Chemistry medallists. Manchester is also ranked among the top five Chemistry degree programmes in the UK (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020).

Apart from broadening minds for careers in research and development, its programmes are known to open various industry doors, including media. Within 15 months of graduating, 95% of alumni secure jobs that pay an average salary of 23,500 pounds.

“This is an exciting time for the School of Natural Sciences. We have a vibrant student body, from undergraduate through to postgraduate, and a flourishing research community across a range of disciplines,” shares Professor Chris Hardacre, Head of School of Natural Sciences. “We embrace interdisciplinary collaboration to further our knowledge and help tackle the most pressing global challenges.”

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