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Durham University

Computer Science


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

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.

Work experience & placements

A number of unique work placements are available to students during their time with us with a range of sought after companies - from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to Data Interchange and Waterstons, who regularly recruit students.

Placements usually occur over the summer vacation, between second and third year, and third and fourth, although we are regularly approached by organisations requesting our students for projects year round. Summer 2017 sees out students holding summer internships in organisations such as: Adobe Research in San Francisco, Dell in Shanghai, Google in Dublin, TripAdvisor, Sky, Amazon, Ericsson, Microsoft, London Stock Exchange plus many others.

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 to conduct research full time, excellent preparation for your final year research project.

Employment development opportunities

The University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) works extremely closely with ust to ensure that current students, and graduates, receive information and vacancies relevant to your needs.

CEEC also offer innovative talks to make sure you 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.