How we work with industry to make our graduates more employable

Here in the Department of Computer Science at York, we want to give our graduates the best chance of gaining employment when they graduate. We do this in a number of ways, including teaching specialist MSc courses that cover the topics needed to work in particular specialisms. We also work closely with industry, to ensure that what we teach is relevant to today's workplace, and to give students the chance to work on real-world problems.

These initiatives with industry have led to us being in the top ten of all league tables for our employability statistics - typically 95% of students gain employment or go on to further study within six months of graduation.

Teaching industry-led projects

We work with a number of organisations to provide real-world problems from industry for undergraduate group and solo projects. Solutions to these real-world problems are often accepted by the organisation involved, and put in to practice in the real world. The experience of working with a client and with a real brief means that students gain an understanding of the workplace whilst still guided by our teaching staff.

Guest lecturers from industry

If you come to York, you'll benefit from the teaching of speakers from industry. These have included representatives from IBM, consultants, real-time systems experts and many others, to help give our students a picture of what is going on in the world of work, and how it relates to their Computer Science teaching.

Internships

We offer the very best students on our taught postgraduate courses the chance to apply for an internship with leading industry partners. These internships take place from October to December once the taught course has finished. You can find out more information on the internships for taught Masters students.

Our Industrial Advisory Board

Our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meets regularly with the Department, to advise us on our teaching of undergraduate courses. They include representatives from major companies within the industries that value Computer Science graduates. These include BAE Systems, ETAS, IBM, Philips Research, Rolls-Royce and Thales Underwater Systems. Many of these organisations also take students on industrial placements.

The purpose of the Board is to update the Department on any advances or demands for skills within industry, as well as to make sure that what we are teaching is what is required by industry.