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Durham University

Computer Science

Careers

Of those students who graduated in 2017:

  • 95% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation

Of those in employment:

  • 100% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £27,000

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/destinations)


Our graduates leave with excellent career prospects, demonstrated by our Graduate Prospect score for 2020 being 95%.With a variety of placement and development opportunities available during your time here, you are able to customise your experience and work with sought after companies.


Internships and Placements

Students regularly complete internships with some of the world’s best known companies, including Google, IBM, Microsoft, BAE Systems and many more.

Computer Science is the only department within the University to have a dedicated Internships & Industry Manager, supporting students in undertaking rewarding and career enhancing internships and work experience opportunities, both in the UK and worldwide. Support is available to students both as they apply for internships and during their time with the company.

At undergraduate level, students also have the option of completing a Placement Year, where they spend a full academic year gaining hands on experience within industry. They then return to Durham to complete the final year of their studies.

Summer internships are incredibly popular with students. These internships are completed over the summer vacation period and typically during the penultimate year of study. The department supports a number of employer events throughout the academic year to showcase these opportunities to students.

The department actively encourages students to pursue a career-enhancing global internship or placement. Gaining international work experience can be invaluable to a student’s personal and professional development and is highly desirable amongst graduate employers. In the past, students have successfully completed internships with Adobe Research in San Francisco, Dell in Shanghai and Google in Dublin.

The Internships & Industry Manager is able to provide a range of practical support to employers who look to provide exclusive internship opportunities for Computer Science students at Durham. For more information, please contact cs.internships@durham.ac.uk

Some students choose to stay with us over the summer and become part of a research team. If this is your preference, there are BP and Nuffield awards as well as college scholarships available for summer placements in the university to help support you. This provides you with a taste of what it is like to conduct research full time and is excellent preparation for your final year research project.


Employment Development Opportunities

The University's Careers & Enterprise Centre (https://www.dur.ac.uk/careers/) works extremely closely with us to ensure that both students and recent graduates receive up-to-date information on relevant employment and development opportunities.

Careers and Enterprise also offer a range of innovative talks to ensure students receive the most relevant and up to date advice about professions in the field of Computer Science.

Computer Science at Durham continues to work closely with the Department of Engineering, and the Industrial Partnership Committee (IPC), which connects us to approximately 30 industrial partners from organisations with local, national and international footprints.


Industry Engagement

As well as internships and placements, our students regularly complete research projects with a range of employers from industry, creating interesting research opportunities and increasing industrial engagement.

Many students complete a joint Dissertation Project with a company as part of their final year of study.

The Department is active in engaging with employers from both the UK and abroad and regularly supports employers in hosting activities such as employer-on-campus events, CV workshops, Hackathons and much more. Our global approach to Alumni relations means that a lot of students do gain exposure to employers in global tech hubs, such as in Silicon Valley, USA.


Case Studies

Soumya Singh, Technology Analyst at Deutsche Bank (2019 Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science)

“I graduated from Durham University in 2019 with a Masters of Engineering (Hons) in Computer Science. The University encouraged and supported me whilst I completed a technology spring week with Citi and JP Morgan in Year 2, allowing me to test-out my technical skills with a real employer, whilst networking and making valuable contacts for the future. In Year 3, I successfully completed a Software Engineering Summer Internship with Deutsche Bank in London, which led to me being offered a full-time Technology Analyst role in July 2019. Since then, I haven’t looked back…

As a Technology Analyst at Deutsche Bank, I get to choose from a variety of tech roles for two six-month rotations, spanning across Software Engineering, Data Science, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity and UX Design. There are so many opportunities for growth and development with a career in Software Development.

Employers seek well-rounded individuals who can multitask and can contribute to a wide range of areas. My degree at Durham was designed to help develop skills for a wide range of roles, from academic research and industrial R&D to software engineering and technology. The collegiate system at Durham also exposed me to a very diverse pool of students from different academic and cultural backgrounds, encouraging a respect for diversity and taught me the importance of inclusion. This is an invaluable trait for the modern and global workspace”.


Alistair Breeze, Software Engineer at Google (2017 Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science)

“Whilst studying for my MEng in Computer Science at Durham in 2016, I secured an interview for a Software Engineering Internship with Google. This was a really exciting opportunity for me. Looking back, my algorithms foundation at Durham really helped me through the interview process and I joined a Google Software Engineering team in July, based in Zurich. This global internship experience has really helped me to shape my future. Working alongside senior software engineers at Google provided me with valuable exposure to working life within one of the world’s biggest technology multinationals. During my 3 month internship, I also worked within the Google Calendar AI team, which provided me with first-hand experience of building software at scale.

After returning to Durham to finish my studies, I was offered a full time graduate position as a Software Engineer with Google’s Android team in London. Durham has a really good relationship with Google and I know other students have since benefitted from taking up internships and placements with them”.


Sara Chen, Data Engineer at Amazon (2018 BSc Computer Science)

"Looking back, my internship with Adobe in San Francisco during my second year at Durham was instrumental to my professional development and shaped my employability at graduate level, as I was exposed to technology stacks and team practices that you don’t often find in an academic environment. While the Computer Science degree allowed me to gain academic knowledge that eventually became the foundations I draw upon, it was the industry experience that really encouraged me to push myself further, as work experience trains you to look at the bigger picture and solve real, large scale problems.

Completing an internship abroad also really gives you the opportunity for self-discovery, and makes you more open to ideas and suggestions that differ from your own. While abroad in San Francisco, I gained exposure to a new culture and saw how teams in different countries approached challenges in their work. I was also really fortunate to have had strong support from the Department, as well as the Durham alumni network in the Bay Area. Thanks to this experience, I was able to grow - both personally and professionally - and returned to the UK, having built a network of contacts in the Bay Area”.