Computers are everywhere in modern life and some of the most interesting opportunities are open to those who really know about computing and information systems.
Edinburgh Science and Engineering graduates are highly sought after by a wide range of employers. The 2014 Emerging Global Graduate Employability survey placed Edinburgh in the top 20 institutions worldwide for employability of its graduates.
When you graduate from the School, you leave as a qualified professional, a computer scientist or software engineer. You will have the practical skills required for your profession, for example, you can build a computing system. More importantly, you are not just a programmer: you understand the underlying concepts of computer science.
Our degrees will also provide you with a set of transferable skills such as time management, team work, communication, self-directed learning, networking and decision making. These are just the sorts of skills that employers look for in their recruits.
While a degree from the School of Informatics can open the door to a wide range of careers, most of our graduates make direct vocational use of their degree and work in the IT industry. However, we are also proud to say, that a number of our graduates are passionate computer scientists who go into further training and study either with us or elsewhere.
We also have a very strong start up community which is supported by the School’s Informatics Ventures Team. Informatics Ventures are based within the School and are dedicated to helping students, researchers and others develop their business ideas and bring them to the market. Some of our graduates have started multi-million pound businesses with help and advice from the School and from institutions such as Scottish Enterprise.
We also have close links to a great number of employers who regularly present to our students about vacancies and openings. Some of these companies also offer prizes and scholarships, see:
Careers information for our undergraduate programmes is collated by Unistats: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ . A summary of findings is given below.
On average, our undergraduate typically earn £25,000 six months after completing their course, or between £22,000 and £28,000.
This compares with an average starting salary of £22,000 or a range of £18,000 to £25,000 for similar courses across the UK.
86% of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduating and 14% go on to further study.
Graduates were asked about the type of jobs they were in six months after finishing their course.
|In a professional or managerial job||98%|
|Not in a professional or managerial job||2%|
These are the most common job types students do six months after finishing the course.
|Information technology and telecommunications professionals||79%|
|Business, research and administrative professionals||6%|
|Business and public service associate professionals||5%|
|Artistic, literary and media occupations||2%|
|Welfare and housing associate professionals||2%|
|Teaching and educational professionals||1%|
|Science, engineering and technology associate professionals||1%|
|Childcare and related personal services||1%|
Some examples of the type of jobs and employers that our alumni go on to work at:
|Example of Jobs||Example of Employers|
|Data Developer||Sky Scanner|
|Technology Analyst||Bright Grey|
|Project Analyst||Bank of America|
|Test Engineer||Agilent Technologies|
|Applications Development Engineer||Deloitte|
For more information on what our graduates do see: