What's In It For Me?

Computer Scientists are in huge demand.

  • The UK and global economies have a big appetite for them.

…not just in Computing companies.

  • Computer Science underlies all commercial and industrial activity.
  • The supply of computing graduates has dropped alarmingly since 2000.
  • The money’s good: starting graduates can expect to attract above average salaries; mid-career Computer Scientists earn significantly above average for their age group.

Apart from that, it’s fascinating. And it’s fun. You’re inventing the future.


If you still think computing is dull and boring, stop and think about...

  • Online music and films
  • Sport
  • The Army
  • Trains, planes and cars
  • Supermarkets
  • Gaming machines
  • The Police
  • Mobile devices
  • The NHS
  • Weather Forecasts

Computer Science underlies them all... and others. The complete list of how and why Computing is essential to our lives won't fit here.

And the really interesting bit is the future: where will technology take us next?

What People Say

"You (the UK) invented computers in both concept and practice. Yet today, none of the world's leading exponents in this field are from the UK." Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google

"The UK will need an additional 500,000 IT professionals by 2015" The European Commission

"There is a shortage of technology experts who know how to combat cybercrime, which costs the UK £27bn/year" The Cabinet Office

"We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere... we have to be able to out-build, out-educate, and out-innovate every other country on Earth" Barack Obama President of the United States of America, September 2011

"Gross additional lifetime earnings for taking a Maths/Computer Science degree... almost a quarter of a million pounds." PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2006)