UCL Department of Computer Science


Section 16: Employability and careers

16.Employability and careers

16.1.Computer Science careers

Information on careers resources within the department.

UCL Computer Science graduates have an excellent reputation for the breadth and depth of their knowledge, and their skills are highly valued by global businesses. Many graduates go on to secure careers in a range of organisations, including global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, as IT specialists within manufacturing industries, or starting up their own companies.

UCL Engineering operates a Careers Service which organises careers events, helps students build relationships with employers, and offers tailored advice to students in Engineering disciplines on developing their CV and on their interview skills

The department provides information on employment opportunities available, where and how to get advice, and career planning via its Careers webpage, which is coordinated by the Careers Tutor.

The Careers Tutor is:

Further information:

16.2.UCL careers

Information on UCL’s careers services (Centrally Provided.)

UCL Careers provides a wide variety of careers information, one-to-one guidance and events for UCL students and recent graduates, and assists them through the entire job hunting process, including exploring options, searching for vacancies, preparing CVs and applications, practicing for interviews, aptitude tests or assessment centres, and providing access to recruitment fairs and other employment-related events. They can also advise on exploring options for further study and funding. These specialised services and events are available to graduates, international students and Master’s students for up to two years following course completion.

UCL Careers also supports work-related learning, including internships and placements. UCL students who are required to complete a placement or internship as part of certain courses are supported in their search, application, and work by UCL Careers. Students can also sign up for UCL Talent Bank, a shortlisting service connecting students to small and medium sized organisations.

Further information:

16.3.Optional internships

Information on internships that are not part of the programme (i.e. Faculty opportunities.)

An internship is a period of work experience undertaken with an employer as means of gaining skills and experience in a field related to their programme of study. Internships are not part of a degree programme, are not assessed, and are optional. However, they provide valuable experience, and give a head start for finding a good job at graduation.

Undergraduate students may undertake an internship over the summer period between each year of study, whilst not attending university. They may also take an extramural industry placement with an approved industry parter; an 'Extra-Mural Year' extends the length of the degree by one year. See Section 8 for further details.

The majority of department’s MSc and MRes programmes are all full-time, and it is not possible to do an internship that is not formally part of a programme. However, an internship could be taken after graduation in order to gain work experience as part of career development.

Suitable paid internship opportunities from a range of companies are regularly advertised by the UCL Careers Centre and via email by the department. The department also has an Internship Manager who works with external companies to set up internship opportunities and matches students to suitable internships.

The Internship Manager is:

16.4.Entrepreneurship at UCL

Information on entrepreneurship and enterprise at UCL.

UCL has a long and successful track record of supporting spin-outs and start-ups developed by its academic and student communities. Many of the student and staff entrepreneurs have won external awards and achieved substantial investment allowing their enterprises to grow and reach their full potential. UCL offers a wide range of support to students ranging from training programmes, advice on whether an idea has commercial potential, one-to-one sessions with business advisers, funding, competitions and incubator space to help them start or grow their business.

Further information:

Updated: 29-09-2017