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Careers and employability

Our engineering graduates have an excellent track record in securing employment within their field and are sought-after by employers for their wide range of skills and experience.

Our students are supported by the Careers Service, which is there to help you explore your options, reflect on your interests, gain experience, and ultimately transition into a graduate role or further study. 

The School of Engineering has careers advisers who work specifically with our engineering students throughout their university journey and beyond. They provide individual careers appointments and advice to help you to explore the different opportunities open to you.

  • Over 95% of our graduates are due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course.

Our courses prepare you for a professional career in a wide range of industries, business and the financial sector, or further study. Some graduate destinations include:

Links with industry

You will be supported to achieve your goals through an industry-aligned curriculum focused on building strong technical skills and professional skills that will set you apart in the workplace and future-proof your career.

Potential employers attend campus or virtually throughout the year to give presentations, meet our students, and to attend Careers Fairs. Our School-wide project modules are also supported by industrial collaboration with a number of companies.

In the architectural, civil and environmental engineering disciplines, leading organisations such as Arup, Atkins, Knights Brown, Jacobs, and Caukin give significant input into our teaching.

In the electrical and electronic engineering disciplines, a wide range of companies supports our teaching including Keysight, Rohde and Schwarz, IQE, National Instruments, Newport Waferfab, Cree Western Power Distribution, National Grid, Babcock International and Invertek.

Industrial input in the fields of mechanical and medical engineering comes from organisations like Arup, Atkins and Babcock International.

Supplementing your studies

You will have the option of taking a Year in Industry after your second year of study, which is spent in a professional workplace gaining hands-on experience. This experience can improve your confidence and employment prospects, and provide the chance to try out a potential career.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Extracurricular opportunities and student societies play a key role in opening up industry links and helping you to develop engineering-specific and transferable skills. Each year, our students have the opportunity to get involved with some really exciting projects.

There are many extra-curricular opportunities, both social and serious, organised through the school, the university, and the Students’ Union.

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19.

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.