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Computer Science at Durham is joint 4th for employability (Complete University Guide 2023)

With a wide variety of work experience and development opportunities available during your time here, you are able to customise your experience and enhance your employability.
Employability case studies
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In Computer Science, we are proud of the fact that 96% of our students are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all of our programmes. As well as being ranked 5th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021, we are joint 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, meaning that our graduates are amongst the most employable in the country.

Of those in employment:

  • 100% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £32,250

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here

As a department, we are committed to supporting all of our students in developing key employability skills during their time at Durham. As well as accessing a range of practical support, advice and guidance from the University’s highly regarded Careers & Enterprise Team, students can also develop a range of skills desired by employers through completing a Summer Internship, Placement Year or project in their final year of study. Students are also encouraged to join CompSoc, the University’s Computing Society, and take part in one of their regular Hackathons, which are supported by our industry partners. The University runs a wide range of events throughout the academic calendar, focused on the importance of developing the transferable skills required by the modern workplace.


Case studies


Soumya Singh, Technology Analyst at Deutsche Bank

2019 MEng in Computer Science

“I graduated from Durham University in 2019 with a MEng 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 MEng in Computer Science

Alistair Breeze“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”.