Students in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences have fantastic prospects after graduation.
The reputation of our degree programmes and the high quality of our students has ensured that our graduates are in constant demand by companies leading the development of the world's high-tech industries.
To meet this demand, and to ensure that our students achieve their full potential in the jobs they want, we have our own successful and very well established careers and employability initiative - launched with our first Careers Fair over ten years ago.
We operate a vigorous programme of engagement with employers, including our annual Engineering and Technology Careers Fair in February. Throughout the year we support a full programme of employer visits, sponsored events and activities, ensuring that our students are aware and informed of the opportunities available to them. We have interactions with around 300 companies each year, including our Affiliate and Laureate companies, with whom we have close partner relationships. We advertise over 400 technology positions every year, directly to our students and alumni (soton-login only). For further information contact Joyce Lewis, Careers Hub Director.
ECS ranked joint second in the UK for graduate employability in Electronics and Electrical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019) and average earnings for our MEng Computer Science graduates is £32,000 six months after graduating (Unistats 2019). These are excellent results, reflecting the very high regard that employers have for our graduates. The majority of ECS graduates take up high-quality roles in the technology industry, as software engineers, app or Web developers, technology analysts, design engineers, systems engineers, or power engineers, working in leading technology-based multinationals or recent start-ups from London’s Tech City, in government departments and organizations, online retailers, innovative energy and transport providers, and the technology departments of City finance houses. Read more about our graduates on our alumni page. Our Physics and Astronomy students are also highly ranked for graduate employability and take up roles in the space, energy, and finance industry, as well as undertaking PhD research and joining the teaching profession.
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The majority of our students take up paid summer internships during their degree studies, usually after years two and three. These offer great experience and also provide our students with better knowledge of the kinds of roles which are available to them as graduates. Summer internships last from six to 14 weeks. Our new MEng with Industrial Studies degree offers a 12-month placement with a company as part of the programme and a number of the Physics degrees also offer internships in industry as well as specialized research positions.
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