Career expectations

It would be hard to find a better degree programme from the point of view of employability. The External Advisory Panel of the Department of Computer Science – consisting largely of employers – wrote about it: "We believe that the degree is likely to produce high-value graduates who combine technical and analytical skills with rhetorical and literary skills. These are just the kind of people that industry, and we believe society generally, wants. The degree will produce graduates who can potentially become members of executive boards of companies, where clarity of thinking combined with knowledge of technology issues will be vital. It will also produce software engineers with the skills to analyse, and intelligently explain and document, complex problems.”

Graduates are likely to be able to choose from a wide variety of careers, from those traditionally associated with Philosophy (such as administration, civil service, management) to those requiring technical expertise (such as finance, software and computer consultancy). Those interested in pursuing research will find that their Computing skills are valued across a huge range of disciplines, from the Humanities through the Social Sciences to the Biological and Physical Sciences, whilst their philosophical training will help to give them the open-mindedness and intellectual adaptability that are so useful in an increasingly interdisciplinary research environment.