Project fair

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Each year our final year students participate in a project module. The projects involve working closely with an academic in an area related to research interests within the department, or supervised by an academic whilst working on a project suggested by a company.

Each spring, students prepare and present a poster about their project at a project fair – usually together with a system or software demonstration. We also strongly encourage students to create CVs and business cards to take along to the fair, as businesses and employers visit to view the range of projects and make contact with the graduating students.

Our video was created from interviews with students and potential employers from the spring 2011 project fair, and gives a flavour of what to expect.

Project fair video

Key skills

The importance of gaining valuable core skills and life experience whilst at University has never been so critical.  As computer scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within computing.

Undergraduate students will benefit from:

  • excellent transferable skills to careers in all sectors of the economy
  • a large industrial programme – supported by ITWales – that gives undergraduates the opportunity to undertake interesting, well-paid work in organisations in Wales allowing them to build long-term links with a company that can lead to an industry-related final-year project and possible employment after graduation
  • excellent employment prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry

Graduate destinations

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status. The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).

HESA data collected in January 2014 about our 2013 graduates showed that 100% of Swansea's Computer Science graduates were in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduation. Swansea has achieved 100% two years running. Computer Science at Swansea is 6th in the UK for "Graduate Prospects" - the 2015 Times Good University Guide (7th in 2014).

Some example job titles from the surveys are:

  • Flex Programmer: CBSMSoftware
  • Engineer: General Dynamics UK
  • Computer analyst: Hewlett Packard
  • Senior Software Developer: Information Processing Ltd.
  • Systems Developer: Itchen College
  • IT Engineer: LRN Security
  • IT Engineer: New Directions
  • Software developer: Persuasive Image
  • Web Developer: Time Etc Ltd.
  • Developer: Tinopolis
  • Software Developer: VSI Thinking
  • Systems analyst: Wall Colmonoy
  • Database Administrator: We Predict Ltd
  • Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
  • Change Coordinator: Logica
  • Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
  • Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
  • IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
  • Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
  • Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
  • Software Developer: Wireless Innovations
  • Technical Support Consultant: Alterian
  • Programming: Rock It
  • Software Developer: BMJ Group
  • Graduate software engineer BT


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Graduates have gone to careers with companies such as Apple (Calif.), Google (Calif.), Disney (LA) and Weta Digital (NZ) - the image shows logos of some of the more recognisable companies.

The Swansea Employability Academy

SEA logo‌The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) was created to give all students easy access to a comprehensive employability programme. Working closely with the Careers Service, SEA is committed to improve all elements of student employability, from timetabled careers sessions and fairs, delivery of the SEA award, the WOW and SPIN placement programmes through to events like the dedicated employability week activity, ongoing scheduled employer events, talks and seminar sessions. Whenever you see this logo across campus you know an employability event, workshop or employer talk is taking place which you can attend.


"Definitely do it. It’s easy to apply and you may gain some invaluable skills and experience. You have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.” L Vaughan, 2nd year student, WOW placement 2015.


“I learnt more about teamwork and data collection in the real world… I would advise new students to apply.” M Langley, 2nd year student, SPIN placement 2015.               


"Santander Universities SME Internship Programme is an amazing scheme. Having Santander add their weight to supporting graduates to get real world experience is adding real benefits to students at Swansea University." Adam Curtis, CEO at Hoowla & Co-Founder of TechHub, a Swansea SME.

Key points


Find out more

To find out more about the Employability support on offer here at Swansea University, please the SEA academy website for information: