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 49 graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 79%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 62%
Part-time work 7%
Due to start work 2%
Full-time study 16%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 4%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 9%

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
I.T. 17
Manufacturing 4
Finance and insurance 2
Media 2
Other sectors (6 sectors) 6

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

  • Scott Logic
  • Arm
  • JP Morgan
  • Cisco Systems
  • BlackRock

Examples of occupations

  • Graduate Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Analyst
  • Technology Analyst

Further study

Seven graduates from 2016/17 went on to full-time further study, undertaking courses including Computer Science (PhD) and Advanced Computer Science (MPhil).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 5
Postgraduate taught degree 1
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 1
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 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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