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Six reasons to study Computer Science

For those considering a degree in Computer Science, but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here's six compelling reasons to study this course.

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1. The digital age needs computer scientists

Computer programmes have infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists theorise, design, develop and apply the software and hardware for the programmes we use every day, so it's an essential job with great career prospects.

2. Computer science students have excellent graduate prospects 

Look at our Computer Science subject table, and take note of the Graduate Prospects column. You'll notice Computer Science students stand a pretty good chance of being professionally employed, or in further study, within six months of leaving uni. That chance is strengthened if you go to one of the UK's best unis for the subject.

3. Computer scientists have impressive salaries

Computer scientists are in demand and their salaries reflect this. Recent graduates in professional roles earn quite a lot on average – just take a look what graduates earn.

4. Computer scientists are needed in every type of industry

Every industry uses computers so naturally computer scientists can work in any. Problems in science, engineering, health care, and so many other areas can be solved by computers. It's up to the computer scientist to figure out how and design the software to apply the solution. 

5. Internationally diverse cohort

Computer science departments typically benefit from having one of the more culturally diverse cohorts at their respective unis. According to HESA data, almost 20,000 computer science students come from overseas.

A diverse cohort means you'll be exposed to different cultures and potentially finish uni with an international network of contacts to utilise later in life. 

6. Year abroad opportunities

Computers have gone global, and Computer Science education providers reflect this. Check the opportunities for overseas study on the courses that interest you. A year abroad will provide you with a deeper understanding of how computers are used around the world, allowing you to experience other cultures, and gain some language skills in the process.

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