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What do postgraduate students earn?

The higher earning potential of doing a postgraduate degree draws many student into carrying on their studies.

This article shows what postgrad students earn after graduation. The table shows the mean salaries of postgraduate students from different subject areas entering employment:

  • into 'professional' jobs* – those jobs where a degree is usually required, or self-employment
  • into all jobs (professional and non-professional jobs**)

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Subject Group Professional Job* All Jobs**
Business & administrative studies £46,966 £45,547
Medicine & dentistry £44,836 £44,563
Engineering & technology £36,930 £36,452
Computer science £36,522 £36,002
Mathematical sciences £35,370 £34,986
Veterinary science £35,331 £35,336
Subjects allied to medicine £34,601 £34,302
Social studies £32,881 £31,918
Law £32,699 £31,716
Architecture, building & planning £31,755 £31,547
Combined £30,152 £30,152
Physical sciences £30,080 £29,370
Biological sciences £29,713 £28,523
Historical & philosophical studies £29,149 £27,070
Agriculture & related subjects £28,393 £27,685
Education £27,614 £27,452
Creative arts & design £27,151 £25,581
Languages £26,699 £24,892
Mass communications & documentation £25,165 £24,241
All Subjects £32,737 £31,965

Notes

Published September 2018

  • Date source: HESA 2016–17, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), which asks UK and EU domiciled graduates what they are doing on a particular reference date roughly six months after graduation. 
  • Combined – courses that cross more than one subject group.
  • *Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
  • **Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.