Careers in Computer Science
UCL Computer Science (UCL-CS) graduates are particularly valued as a result of the Department's international status, strong reputation for leading research, numerous links with industry and an ideal location close to the City of London. Our graduates secure careers in a wide variety of organisations; with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, or as IT specialists within manufacturing industries.
The Department takes pride in helping students and graduates throughout their careers. For example:
- We help place students with key industrial partners and companies for summer internships and projects.
- We provide a conduit for companies to advertise careers opportunities to students and encourage companies to providing careers-related presentations to students.
- We provide 1-2-1 careers guidance and host workshops for students to improve their CV's and interview skills.
- We supply references for our graduates.
- We are especially keen to help UCL-CS alumni who are seeking graduates for their own organisations.
See below for links to further careers information
UCL-CS is supporting the economy and society by training the next generation of IT specialists, business leaders and researchers. See here for some of our students’s initial experiences of their time so far at UCL-CS
Abbas Ali Mirza, BSc Computer Science
"I have enjoyed my first few weeks of UCL. The subject is great, I am particularly enjoyong the PBL method taught in the Computer Architecture module. The lecturers are helpful and easy to approach if you have any queries. I like the mentor scheme as well, because my mentor has given me some good advice for work, organisation and even social matters. I've also got the impression that big firms seem to want UCL graduates because there are events hosted by big banks and software engineering companies, which makes me have no regrets in choosing UCL over my other options when I applied through UCAS. Overall, so far I've had a positive experience of UCL, and although the work has been quite challenging, it's been enjoyable at the same time."
Daanish Rijhwani, BSc Computer Science
"UCL has been one of the most spectacular experiences for me. The university is so vibrant and lively, there are so many clubs and societies one can join. There is something for everyone; I am a part of the, Tech, Economics and Finance, Entrepreneurship, Indian and others. There’s an event happening every day, and one of the biggest factors is the campus being at the heart of London. There are so many opportunities and cultures that you can capture. I am an international student and I thought it would be hard to fit in, but I don’t feel like I’m away from home, UCL has become my new home.
Academically, we created our own CPU and learned assembler in a matter of 6 weeks, it couldn’t get any better. I have friends in imperial and other universities doing the same course and they tell me that UCL-CS is far ahead than them. I’m looking forward to passing on my experience to other through the peer to mentor programs, and also to prospective applicants at Open Days."
Juj Sandhu, BSc Computer Science
"I am looking forward to representing UCL-CS at this year’s Open Days. This is an important role since last year’s tour guides had a big influence on my decision to join UCL. With regards to UCL, my experience so far has been phenomenal. I have joined several societies and have made very good friends with almost all those on my course. Not only am I familiar with the campus but I am also sure applicants would love to hear from me!"
Navin Bharwani, MEng Computer Science
“To be honest, being a part of UCL is one of the greatest feelings and experiences there can be. Passing by the main quad and finding your way around such a large and well reputed university makes you feel very important. The fact that we have so many fairs and events and that leading multinational companies are so interested in us is just another indicator of how highly esteemed UCL is. I am volunteering for two projects as well as being involved in organising society events. This is a lively, diverse and outstanding university.”
Our degree programmes recognise the ever-increasing importance of computer science in industry. See here for views of UCL-CS from students who we inspire to be the next generation of creators and innovators
Soon Hui Yee, BSc Computer Science
"As one of the top universities in the world, UCL was naturally my one and only choice. With the broad spectrum of subjects they have on offer, I knew that I would not only be learning subjects related to my degree, but also be allowed the opportunity to study other subjects such as philosophy, history and psychology as part of my optional courses.
Classes in the Malet Place Engineering Building are equipped with the latest teaching equipment, and the laboratories are filled with ample learning resources – there’s nothing more you could ask for, really. The same goes for the library; it has friendly staff, an easy-to-use self-service borrowing machine, a big computer cluster room and loads of books and references. Definitely first-class"
Erin Oerton, BSc Computer Science
"What I love about Computer Science at UCL is that it teaches not only technical skills but also general logic and problem solving abilities that can be applied to a wide range of subjects - for example, the programming skills I've learned on the course helped me to model biological systems as part of the iGEM competition for synthetic biology.
The flexibility offered by the degree has been fantastic - the opportunity to take modules from outside departments means you can either complement your CS education with different subjects or you can take more specialist technical modules such as Financial Computing to match your particular interests."
Markus Padourek, BSc Computer Science
"I am a 2nd year student and I came to UCL-CS knowing no one, but made friends really quickly. Socially it has been an extremely fun ride; there is just so much to do at UCL, from Ultimate Frisbee to having a night out with friends in the student pub. Academically it was challenging and interesting from the start as well as incredibly helpful to prepare me for jobs; it was easy to get an internship after only my first year and I will have another this summer.
I still can’t believe we had a full-blown robot race just at the end of our first year and now we are working on a Software that will help, using a bunch of sensors sponsored by Microsoft, lower energy usage in large organizational buildings."
Get in touch
The UCL-CS Careers Tutor is Dr Nicolas Gold, who provides advice to students and acts as a key facilitator for organisations who wish to improve their visibility and profile within UCL-CS and are looking to attract CS graduates.