Computer Science

Undergraduate study

The Department of Computer Science equips its students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue diverse, exciting and rewarding graduate careers. Our latest statistics show that 94% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation, earning an average salary of £29,600.

The Department of Computer Science works with industry partners and accrediting bodies such as The Tech Partnership and the British Computer Society to ensure its courses are relevant to the needs of industries and its graduates are highly employable.

Through our professional placement scheme and opportunities for industry-based final year projects, the Department also provides opportunities for students make industry contacts and secure employment.

As such, students from across our courses have been able to gain employment in a wide range of roles and organisations after graduation. Although the majority go on to work in the information and communication or the financial sector, graduates have been able to apply their skills in a variety of contexts.

Click below for a list of recent graduate career destinations.

Graduate destinations

  • Accenture - Software Engineer
  • Advantage Design Consultants - Technical Leader
  • Allianz - Insurance Practitioner
  • BAE System - Software Developer
  • BSkyB - Business Analyst
  • BT - Cyber Security Graduate
  • Bank of America - Technology Analyst
  • Citigroup - Banking Analyst
  • CleverTouch Marketing - Marketing Technology Developer
  • Dyson - Project Manager
  • Experian - Senior Technical Support
  • GlaxoSmithKline - Project Manager
  • Goldman Sachs - Operations Analyst
  • Hewlett Packard - Technical Consultant
  • IBM - Application Developer
  • Intel - IT Specialist
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Market Data Technical Analyst
  • Lockheed Martin - Systems Engineer
  • Mars - IT Consulting
  • Microsoft - Consultant
  • Morgan Stanley - Computer Programmer and Developer
  • Nomura - Network Engineer
  • Pepsico - Sales Development Representative
  • PricewaterhouseCooper - Associate in Forensic Technology Solutions
  • Shazam - Software Engineer
  • Sky - Software Developer
  • Tesco - Technology Leadership Graduate
  • Vodafone - Demand Forecast Analyst

Graduate profile

Simon Appleby graduated with a BSc in Computer Science in 2015 and went on to become a Graduate Systems Engineer for global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

We caught up with him to find out his experiences so far.

I did an industrial placement year at Lockheed Martin and towards the end of that, I was given a letter of intent offering me a permanent position. It was a relief to go through my final year, knowing I already had a job lined up.

Your background

"I went along to a UCAS visit day and just loved everything about Loughborough. I was really impressed by the facilities and the campus.

It’s difficult to describe, but there was just something about it that drew me – I had been to visit other unis, but they just didn’t do it for me. I think being away from home and the whole experience generally, forces you to grow up. I was probably slightly under confident in my ability - I hadn’t done much programming before and was uncertain whether the course would be right. As I developed more knowledge, my confidence grew. The focus on deliverables in modules, having to present your findings, and so on, contributed to this.

The opportunity to get involved in events like the School’s UCAS Visit Days also helped. I worked as a student helper and gave a presentation about my placement year to visiting applicants and their families. I wasn’t exactly pushed into these things, but there was strong encouragement and support from all staff in the School. Now, I would say I’m a lot more assured and I’m equipped with a great knowledge of the industry I’m working in."

Where are you now?

"Lockheed Martin is a global aerospace, defence and security corporation headquartered in the US, with offices all over the world.

The UK is their biggest site outside of the States and provides a base for doing business in Europe. I’m a Systems Engineer, working for the commercial side on a project for PostNord in Sweden. I’m part of the team delivering the Gemensam Las Platform (GLP) programme.

The programme objective is to improve the automated recognition of addresses and increase the efficiency of mail sorting and routing for the Swedish postal service. The typical graduate salary for this type of role is around £26k.

There’s a great atmosphere in the office and I’m surrounded by colleagues who are helpful and supportive. It’s a challenging environment and I enjoy the fact that the work is different every day. Added to that, I feel I’m doing something worthwhile which is very satisfying."

How did you get there?

"I did an industrial placement year at Lockheed Martin and towards the end of that, I was given a letter of intent offering me a permanent position, subject to certain graduation conditions. It meant I didn't have to go through the full application process and it was a relief to go through my final year, knowing I already had a job lined up."

Where are you going?

"Two years or so down the line, I’m hoping to work towards opportunities in management, maybe programme management, which would open up a few different routes."

If I need to gain extra qualifications along the way, Lockheed Martin will fund the training. For example, one requirement of the Systems Engineer Lead is Chartership with IET or BCS so I will be working towards this over the next 5 years. I may decide to study for my Masters and again the company will fund this if required.

What advice would you give to a student studying your subject at university now?

"Don’t feel you have to be good at sport. Most people at Loughborough, including myself, only play for recreation. Get involved with social activities – it’s great for networking with people with similar aspirations. Most of all enjoy being a student!"