Careers and employability

Your graduate degree constitutes an important step on your route to achieving your ambitions. Whatever your plans, study at UCL is designed to equip you not only with the academic knowledge associated with your chosen qualification, but also with skills for life.

Vital skills such as organising your ideas and time, analysing information, communicating complex concepts, appreciating and assimilating different perspectives, and applying theory to real-world circumstances are built into our programmes and supported by training. Such skills are highly valued by employers, and UCL offers a wealth of advice and support to help you achieve your personal, academic and professional aims. Our series of professional networking events is specifically designed to help new graduates embark on their careers.  

Read on to find out about our award-winning career consultancy service* and pioneering entrepreneurship support

Research programmes

  • UCL
  • NHS
  • Harvard University
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Medical Research Council
  • GSK
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • West London Mental Health Trust
  • Surrey County Council
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Imperial College London
  • King's College London
  • University of Cambridge

Taught programmes

  • European Commission
  • NHS
  • Network Rail
  • UCL
  • KPMG
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Barclays Plc
  • Accenture
  • BT
  • Greek Army
  • UBS
  • United Nations
  • Transport for London
  • KPMG
  • Museum of London

UCL mean graduate starting salary**

  • £35,028 for research programmes
  • £27,346 for taught programmes

Deloitte (financial services)

"Deloitte has a long-standing relationship with UCL and we have a large number of alumni now working across our Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance areas. We continue to work with the university and target UCL students due to the high-calibre of applications that we receive every year.

SNR Denton UK LLP (global law firm)

"We choose to recruit at UCL due to the high quality candidates they provide. Along with this extremely important factor, we also enjoy working with their careers service who are well organised and provide great services for their students, such as the CV workshops we participate in."

Matchtech (technical recruitment agency)

"Matchtech Group have been recruiting graduates into both technical and professional services industries for many years. Having an established link with the Careers Service at UCL has enabled us to promote opportunities to some of the brightest graduate talent in the UK. We have particularly benefitted from the PhD programme and the Skills4Work events. The students have always been well prepared and asked thoughtful, intelligent questions, in recent years we have recruited several students from UCL, predominantly from the engineering and scientific faculties."

DWF (business law firm)

"At DWF, we look for students who demonstrate effective communication skills, problem-solving, drive, initiative and team work. Recruiting the right people is fundamental to our continued success. In our experience UCL students demonstrate these skills and previous applicants have gone on to enjoy a successful career at DWF. We have had good experiences with UCL students and would certainly welcome some more!"

* UCL Careers was the winner of the Careers Service/Academic Department Partnership award at the 2013 AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) Awards
** All data taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012 graduating cohort six months after graduation.

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