What do postgraduate students earn?

See what postgrad students earn after graduation. The table shows the mean salaries of postgraduate students 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
Combined £55,418 £55,418
Business & administrative studies £46,165 £44,685
Veterinary science £43,217 £42,073
Medicine & dentistry £42,630 £42,197
Mathematical sciences £36,685 £36,068
Computer science £36,278 £35,831
Engineering & technology £36,127 £35,781
Subjects allied to medicine £34,081 £33,798
Social studies £33,353 £32,334
Law £32,540 £31,458
Physical sciences £30,443 £29,774
Biological sciences £30,233 £28,849
Architecture, building & planning £30,177 £29,966
Historical & philosophical studies £29,790 £27,322
Languages £27,494 £25,514
Education £27,262 £27,124
Creative arts & design £26,922 £24,940
Agriculture & related subjects £25,914 £24,693
Mass communications & documentation £24,531 £23,706
All Subjects £32,834 £32,089

Published October 2016

Notes

  • Date source: HESA 2014–15, 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.
  • Combined – courses that cross more than one subject group.