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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 are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. The world needs computer scientists

Computer programmes directly affect every aspect of our lives; we rely on computer scientists for this. Computer scientists theorise, design, develop and apply the software and hardware for the programmes most of us use every single day. As the digital world is rapidly evolving, the need for computer scientists continues to grow.

2. Excellent graduate prospects

Check out our Computer Science subject table, look down the graduate prospects column and you'll see Computer Science students stand a good chance of being professionally employed, or in further study, within six months of graduating.

3. Good starting salaries

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

4. Needed in almost every industry

Computers are used in virtually every industry, so computer scientists can take their pick. 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 to design software that applies the solution.

5. Internationally diverse

Computer Science departments typically have very culturally diverse cohorts. Thousands of students come from overseas to study the subject in the UK every year. You'll benefit from learning alongside people from different cultures, and possibly finish university with an international network of contacts.

6. Year abroad opportunities

Check out 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 utilised around the world, allowing you to experience other cultures and potentially gain some language skills in the process.

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