The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research) and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. We are one of the top ten universities targeted by the largest number of top graduate employers in 2018-19 (The Graduate Market in 2019).
The Faculty of Engineering has excellent links with industry. You will have access to the Graduate School's Researcher Development Programme offering training and development. You will receive support from supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, as well as dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Careers and Employability offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
Completing a research degree with us will ensure that you develop transferable skills that will be beneficial in a number of different careers. Graduates within the faculty have gone on to have successful careers as:
- production managers and directors
- IT and telecommunication professionals
- business, research and administrative professionals
- science, engineering and production technicians
- natural and social science professionals
- teachers, lecturers and educators
- various other roles in engineering and architecture
Our graduates have gone on to work for:
- BAE Systems
- GE Aviation
- Goldmann Sachs
- Malvern Instruments
- Shell Nigeria Exploration Company
- Unilever Ghana
- ARC Energy
- Escola Superior Gallaecia
- Sokoto Energy Research Centre
- Thermacore Europ
As well as many other employers.
Average starting salary and employment rate
In 2017, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,000 with the highest being £100,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.