School of Informatics

Your future

The 2014 Emerging Global Graduate Employability survey placed Edinburgh in the top 20 institutions worldwide for employability of its graduates.

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.

Career opportunities after studying at the School of Informatics

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.

Our start-up community

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.

Informatics Ventures

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:

Data on where our graduates go

Careers information for our undergraduate programmes is collated by Unistats: 

A summary of findings is given below.

Average Salary Information

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.

What do our Graduates Do?

86% of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduating and 14% go on to further study.

Where do our Graduates Work?

Graduates were asked about the type of jobs they were in six months after finishing their course.

Statement Percentage
In a professional or managerial job 98%
Not in a professional or managerial job 2%


Most Common Jobs?

These are the most common job types students do six months after finishing the course.

Job Percentage
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%
Engineering professionals 2%
Welfare and housing associate professionals 2%
Elementary occupations 2%
Teaching and educational professionals 1%
Science, engineering and technology associate professionals 1%
Childcare and related personal services 1%


Where are they now?

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
Software Developer Citigroup
Technology Analyst Bright Grey
Web Developer PricewaterhouseCoopers
Game Developer Spinsight
Technical Consultant CapGemini
Project Analyst Bank of America
Test Engineer Agilent Technologies
Applications Development Engineer Deloitte
Computer Programmer Adobe

For real examples of what our graduates go on to do, see: