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What can I do with my degree in Computing?

Skills gained


As well as their subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in Computing will typically be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to Computing and computer applications
  • Use such understanding in modelling and designing computer based systems for the purposes of comprehension, communication, prediction and the understanding of trade-offs
  • Use criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems, and plan solutions
  • Analyse the extent to which a computer-based system meets defined requirements
  • Deploy appropriate theory, practices and tools to specify, design, implement and evaluate computer-based systems
  • Present succinctly to a range of audiences (orally, electronically or in writing) rational and reasoned arguments that address a given information handling problem or opportunity
  • Recognise the professional, moral and ethical issues involved in exploiting computer technology and be guided by appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices
  • Work as a development team member, recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams
  • Operate computing equipment, taking account of its logical and physical properties
  • Deploy information retrieval skills (including using browsers, search engines and catalogues)
  • Exercise numeracy skills and use effectively general IT facilities
  • Manage personal development including using time management and organisational skills.


Note that technical aptitude comes before technical knowledge – this is because it's regarded as more important to be able to learn a new language quickly than to know a particular language.

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019