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Careers and opportunities in Computer Science

Explore the different career routes you can follow with a Computer Science degree. Find out how to build your portfolio, and the additional opportunities you can get involved in. Embark on an exciting career path after graduation, with the support of our highly committed staff.

We're industry ready

Our strong links with industry provide excellent networking opportunities, often leading to work-experience opportunities and graduate employment. Plus, our course content is carefully crafted and informed by employers to instil real-world industry skills, meaning you'll develop a high level of software-related skills that will make you attractive to local, regional, national, and international companies.

We can start you on your journey to a career in computer science, through opportunities including:

Placements, projects and workplace visits

Industry projects and workplace visits allow you to practice your developing skills in an industry environment. If you are studying one of our undergraduate courses, you also have the option to undertake a full year's placement in industry to really embed yourself in the workplace and demonstrate your skills before returning to university for your final year of study. You may find that your placement year increases your knowledge and experience to an extent that it supports you to carry out your major project and other final year assignments.

Extracurricular activities

A range of extracurricular activities are available throughout the year, including hackathons, conferences, and networking opportunities. Our student-led Computing Society lets you practice your skills in a more relaxed, sociable environment, where you can meet like-minded people, make new friends and connections, socialise, and share experiences.

Major individual project

Major projects (usually carried out towards the end of your course) are a great opportunity to work alongside our research-active staff and develop an e-portfolio which will showcase your personal progress. This demonstrates your hands-on experience and could potentially lead to a job offer.

Your project will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare you for a career in computer science. E-portfolios complement your CV and offer a clear outline of your skills and experience to employers.

Our graduates

Previous students have gone on to work with employers including Sage, British Airways, and the NHS. Other graduates have started their own businesses or become software contractors earning over £50,000 a year. The success of our alumni demonstrates the excellence of our courses and the areas of industry you could work in on graduation.

Annual showcase

Each year our Computer Science students have the opportunity to network with potential employers and digital professionals at the annual Digital Showcase in the David Goldman Technology Centre. The event allows second and final-year students to showcase their projects to some of the region’s best digital businesses. It also allows industry experts and project leaders to explore the possibilities of working with the students as well as get a feel for the skills the students can offer their business. The Showcase is a really exciting chance for you to gain feedback from leaders within the industry and work to complete interesting and dynamic client briefs.

Student and graduate destinations

Get career inspiration from our School of Computer Science students and graduates below, or see the full list of our student stories.