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  • Gain more than a degree

    Prepare yourself for a rewarding career


Gain more than a degree. Study Computer Science at Reading and you'll also learn a range of transferable and technical skills that are highly valued by employers. We host workshops, mock-interviews, and a number of careers events throughout the year, including speakers from industry.

At Reading, we do our best to prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career in the areas and technologies of your choice, whether that be commercially-focused or research-based. On average, 90% of our Computer Science graduates were in work and/or further study within six months of graduating; of those in employment, 97% were in a professional or managerial job*

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey of UK domiciled full-time First Degree responders, based on the average percentage across 2011/12-2016/17

gain the right SKILLS

Our Computer Science degrees equip you with all the technical skills and practical experience you need in order to launch a career in the industry. However, they are also designed, in consultation with our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) to prepare you with the transferable skills you need in order to succeed. Design, planning and team working skills are essential for your future career and are valuable to employers in a wide variety of industries. 

choose your career DESTINATION

Students choose Computer Science at Reading because of the wide range of modern technologies they can experience and the superb links we have with our IT industry neighbours: Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Intel and other blue chip companies. Many of our graduates go into careers in the software industry, ranging from small start-up companies to multinationals.  Reading, together with London and Cambridge, also forms part of the "golden triangle" for artificial intelligence jobs in the UK*.

*Artificial Intelligence Jobs in the United Kingdom: Who's Hiring and Why?

Others choose to:

  • Develop their career in the public service, the teaching professions, and IT support to investment banking
  • Start their own businesses
  • Join research groups in universities and research institutes to pursue further studies and an academic career.

Computer Science careers cover a range of areas, giving you a number of options. For example, you could end up working in programming, software engineering, information security/cybersecurity, network design and implementation, database design and administration, data analytics, systems testing, systems integration, website design and development, or IT consulting.

showcase your knowledge with the Final Year Project

The Final Year Project is a great way to demonstrate your value to prospective employees. Carry out a project in an area of particular interest to you. Choose from a selection of proposals provided by staff –usually related to current research and industrial activities – or propose your own. Some students have undertaken projects connected with their placement. 

take advantage of Careers events

As well as our weekly research seminars and the speakers from industry who regularly visit seminars to deliver talks, we also host an annual careers fair for all students. We host regular workshops and mock interviews jointly with companies such as IBM and Ernst & Young, who put you through their real assessment centres. This will refine your interview skills and give you experience of recruitment methods.

Take advantage of the many opportunities to develop key employability skills, for example:

  • Regular tutorials with your academic tutor
  • A placements advice drop-in session, run by our Placement Team, which focuses on finding the right placement, applications, CVs and interview technique. 

Further study

Our graduates have moved on to MSc and PhD courses in computer science and related subjects.

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