Computer Science graduate destinations

Computer Science graduates are in demand due to their high level of technical knowledge, as well as analytical, problem solving and project management skills.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Computer Science courses (BSc and MEng), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 56 graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 63.6%

Destinations

Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 73%
Self-employment/freelancing 4%
Running my own business 2%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 4%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 7%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 2%
Unemployed and looking for work 2%
Doing something else 5%

Sector information

Major sectors of employment are software houses and the service sector such as banking, insurance, accountancy, IT and management consultancy. Over the past few years, our graduates have also worked in technical roles for organisations such as the BBC, NHS and local government, and some have opted for self-employment.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Other information technology service activities

3

Computer programming activities

3

Other information service activities

2

Information technology consultancy activities

2
Other sectors (14 sectors) 16

Employers and occupations

Computer Scientists also enter careers not directly related to their degree as their skills are transferable into many different roles. Around 70% of graduate vacancies are open to graduates of any degree discipline, so there are a wide range of alternative opportunities. Graduates have therefore also entered careers in non-technical roles in sectors such as finance, marketing, advertising and the media.

Examples of employers

  • British Telecom
  • Canary & Delta
  • Apak Group
  • BlackRock Group
  • Microsoft

Examples of occupations

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Analyst
  • Civil Servant
  • Product Manager

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)

50%

Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)

25%

Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)

25%

Professional qualification

0%

Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

0%
Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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The Computer Science course at Bristol is brilliant. I also got involved in political and environmental campaigning, and was on the committee for my JCR and the Computer Science Society. As well as being fun, this gave me the chance to learn about putting on successful events and was a good thing to mention at interviews!

Philip, Graduate Software Developer, The Guardian (MEng Computer Science with Study in Continental Europe, 2014)

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