What to do with a computer science degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in going into after studying a computer science degree.

Students in a computing lab at the University of Sussex

What can you do with a computer science degree

Computer Science students can go into a variety of careers including games development and information technology services.

If you decide to study at Sussex, you can choose from a range of modules. Find out more about our courses and course content

Already at Sussex? Visit our careers site.

What jobs can you get with a computer science degree

Jobs may include, but are not limited to: 

  • applications developer
  • digital content writer
  • games developer 
  • forensic computer analyst
  • SEO specialist
  • social media manager
  • software engineer
  • system analyst
  • UX (user experience) designer
  • web content manager
  • web designer
  • web developer.

If you haven't studied a degree yet, and you're considering a computer science course, you may want to browse our: 

What can you do with a Masters in computer science

You might want to pursue a career in any of the above jobs. Or you could think about continuing your education further.

At Sussex, we offer research (PhD) degrees in the following subject areas: 

You may then be able to go into an academic career, including roles such as:

  • researcher
  • higher education lecturer 
  • professor. 

For more information about careers after a computer science degree, see website Prospects

If you're a current Sussex student, see more advice from our careers section.  


Skills 

You may develop skills including: 

  • attention to detail
  • critical judgement (such as evaluating and testing software)
  • flexibility (such as adapting your research and working iteratively (sometimes known as agile)
  • independent thinking
  • problem solving
  • project management. 

At Sussex, you can further develop your study skills by signing up for a range of workshops, tutorials and online resources.


Work experience and placements

You can gain work experience by doing a placement with an organisation. 

At Sussex, during your degree, you can choose to apply for one of the below: 

  • a professional placement
  • a research placement (you may be able to do a research placement if you are a high-performing student on a selected science course)
  • an integrated placement if it is a requirement for a course.

This may help you gain skills and work experience before you graduate. Find out more about placements and internships at Sussex

You may want to look for work experience opportunities in your own time at organisations, such as: 

  • software development companies
  • digital media agencies
  • social media companies
  • relecommunications.

What do computer scientists do

Recent graduates from the Department of Informatics at Sussex have secured jobs including:

  • graduate java developer, Brandwatch
  • software engineer, Sky
  • developer, Developer Society.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017).