Transferable Skills

With 97% of all Lancaster University graduates going on to employment or further study within 6 months (DHLE), a degree from the School of Computing and Communications will open up a wealth of career options.

Our graduates are employed in IT and information services, as well as marketing, advertising and PR, business, consulting and management, teaching and education, media and publishing, and retail and sales.

Taught by around 50 world-leading experts, and making use of small, innovative group teaching and individual supervision sessions, our degree schemes are designed to give you a wide range of transferable skills desirable to employers within the computing and communications industries and beyond.

Your development

In addition to enhancing your practical understanding of computing and applications, our degrees will allow you to apply this knowledge to modelling and designing computer-based systems for the purposes of comprehension, communication and prediction. By understanding relevant criteria and specifications, you will develop universal problem-solving skills, along with a realisation of the extent to which a computer-based system meets defined requirements.

As a computing and communications graduate at Lancaster, you will become familiar with the theory, practices and tools needed to specify, design, implement and evaluate computer-based systems. This experience will be complimented by a range of communication skills, enabling you to address audiences on a number of levels in oral, electronic or written presentation.

We will enhance your ability to identify the professional, moral and ethical issues involved in exploiting computer technology with appropriate practice guidance, and participating in team-working activities will enable you to develop recognition of the roles involved and ways of organising a group. In addition, we will support you in identifying areas for your personal and professional development and you will learn how to write and maintain an effective CV, compose covering letters and prepare for interviews. 

Our programmes will help develop your understanding of the commercial and economic context of the discipline, whilst enhancing your knowledge of the relevant laws and professional codes governing the computing-related industry. We will address the social and ethical implications of the use of widespread and sustainable use of computing-based systems and technologies and will increase your awareness of risks in computing projects and of social and professional responsibility.

Your opportunities

The School has accumulated an impressive track record of graduate destinations, spanning a wide range of roles and businesses. Many of our students have gone on to work for computing businesses as software analysts, IT consultants and software developers, whilst others have used their transferable skills to gain careers as resource analysts, stockbrokers, recruitment consultants and course developers. For students who wish to advance into postgraduate study, we offer MSc programmes in communications and IT and computer science.

We want to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career doing what they wish. Be it on the subject of computing and communications or otherwise, we strive to give you access to a wealth of opportunities.