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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.

Industry ready

You’ll have access to a range of fantastic resources and opportunities dedicated to enhancing your career prospects. We regularly review our course content and incorporate practical projects to give you that crucial hands-on experience employers are looking for.

Our dedicated laboratories and specialist equipment have been carefully designed to replicate the look and feel of the spaces you’ll be using in industry and prepare you for the next stage of your career journey.

Our teaching staff have a breadth of experience in many areas of computer science, and they are passionate about utilising this experience to enhance your learning, by bringing live case studies, projects and research into the classroom.

Career paths in computer science

A huge number of businesses rely heavily on an IT or computer-based function, and so the background knowledge of how these systems are constructed, and work in practice is vital.

Graduating with a Computer Science degree means you can go on to do a wide range of jobs, some of which include: software developers, website designers, data scientists, researchers, games developers, data analysts, cybersecurity specialists and IT managers. When you come to Sunderland, you'll also be based at the heart of a technological hub with over 100 software companies right on your doorstep. This can open up a whole range of opportunities for you, as the best and brightest talent are invaluable to companies to help move them forward with new ideas.

Our graduates 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.

Annual Digital 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.  

This year, second-year students worked in teams to develop interactive experiences for immersive tech company Igloo Vision and communications applications for Durham-based charity Investing In Children. Final year projects included smart chatbots, healthy lifestyle applications, and developing artefacts to meet industry client briefs.

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.

Computing Society

The Computing Society is run by students passionate about their subject and welcomes members from across all Computer Science disciplines and beyond.

Getting involved with a society is a fantastic opportunity to develop yourself outside of the classroom, and the Computing Society has a number of events throughout the year from hackathons to group projects and study sessions. 

Find out more about joining the Computing Society

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.