Your future

University of Edinburgh graduates are ranked 10th in the UK by employers (Times Higher Education 2024).

Technology is everywhere in modern life and some of the most interesting opportunities are open to those who really know about computing and information systems. Edinburgh University Informatics graduates are highly sought-after.

When you graduate from the School, you leave as a qualified professional, a computer scientist or software engineer. You will have the practical skills required for your profession, for example, you can build a computing system. More importantly, you are not just a programmer, you understand the underlying concepts of computer science.

Our degrees will also provide you with a set of transferable skills such as time management, teamwork, communication, self-directed learning, networking and decision making. These are just the sorts of skills that employers look for in their recruits.

While a degree from the School of Informatics can open the door to a wide range of careers, most of our graduates make direct vocational use of their degree and work in the IT industry. However, we are also proud to say, that a number of our graduates are passionate computer scientists who go into further training and study either with us or elsewhere.

Our start-up community

The University has one of the most entrepreneurial student bodies in the UK. We have helped launch more than 140 new start-ups in the last five years, with more than 10 per cent being social enterprises.

We have a very strong School start-up community which is supported by our Business Development Team team. Some of our graduates have started multi-million-pound businesses with help and advice from the School and from institutions such as Scottish Enterprise.

Also based in our main teaching building is Edinburgh Innovations. This award-winning programme for student entrepreneurs embodies our strong enterprise culture. It brings together a range of support services including:

  • one-to-one business advice meetings
  • start-up workshops and bootcamps
  • competitions and awards
  • events and networking opportunities

The service is free, confidential, and available to any Edinburgh student for the duration of their studies and for up to two years after graduation. It aims to help you distinguish yourself in a competitive job market and create real entrepreneurial opportunities.

Edinburgh Innovations

We also have close links to a great number of employers who regularly present to our students about vacancies and openings. Some of these companies also offer prizes and scholarships, see:

Careers information for our undergraduate programmes is collated by DiscoverUni.

DiscoverUni website

A summary of recent findings is given below.

Average Salary Information

On average, our undergraduates typically earn £44,143 fifteen months after completing their degree.

This compares with an average starting salary of £24,217 or a range of £22,000 to £31,000 for similar degrees across the UK.

What do our Graduates Do?

70% of our graduates are in work six months after graduating, 20% go on to further study, and 10% set up their own businesses.

Where do our Graduates Work?

Graduates were asked about the type of jobs they were in six months after finishing their degree.

Statement Percentage
In a professional or managerial job 90%
Not in a professional or managerial job 10%

Most Common Jobs?

These are the most common job types students do six months after finishing the degree.

Job Percentage
Information technology and telecommunications professionals 75%
Business and public service associate professionals 10%
Administrative occupations 5%
Teaching and educational professionals


Science, engineering and technology associate professionals 5%

Some examples of the type of jobs and employers that our alumni go on to work at:

Example of Jobs Example of Employers
Data Developer Skyscanner
Software Developer Citigroup
Technology Analyst Bright Grey
Web Developer PricewaterhouseCoopers
Games Developer Spinsight
Technical Consultant CapGemini
Project Analyst Bank of America
Test Engineer Agilent Technologies
Applications Development Engineer Deloitte
Computer Programmer Adobe

For real examples of what our graduates go on to do, see our Alumni Profiles: