The data

This data represents all postgraduates who graduated between 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2019.

Where does the data come from?

The guidelines for carrying out this survey come from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Under the new survey the level of data for PhD graduates has increased. The data below is for postgraduates who completed their course between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2019.

What can I find in this section?

In this section you can view the overall postgraduate destinations statistics below or you can look at individual destinations data by Imperial department by using the 'By department' tab below. You can also browse through case studies of previous Imperial students and their career paths to date.

Text only tables

View text-only tables of the overall destinations data in the graphs below.

If you have any enquiries about destinations of Imperial students, please email us.

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Overall destinations

Graph 1: Overall destinations of taught postgraduates from the Graduate Outcomes Survey:

PGT overall destinations comparison

Bar chart showing the results of the postgraduate collection of the Graduate Outcomes Survey for 2019 in comparison with 2018 results.

In 2019, 0.5% were caring for someone (unpaid); 1.2% were developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio; 1.5% were doing something else; 14.8% were engaged in a course of study, training or research; 71.3% were in paid work for an employer; 10% were retired, 3.8% were running their own business; 2.1% were self-employed/freelancing; 1% were taking time out to travel (this does not include short-term holidays); 2.9% were unemployed and looking for work and 1% were in voluntary/unpaid work for an employer.

Graph 2: Overall destinations of research postgraduates from the Graduate Outcomes Survey:

PGR overall destinations graph

Bar chart showing the results of the postgraduate collection of the Graduate Outcomes Survey for 2019 in comparison with 2018 results.

In 2019, 0.7% were caring for someone (unpaid); 0.75% were developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio; 1.25% were doing something else; 23.6% were engaged in a course of study, training or research; 67.35% were in paid work for an employer; 1.55% were running their own business; 1.25% were self-employed/freelancing; 0.75% were taking time out to travel (this does not include short-term holidays); 1.9% were unemployed and looking for work and 0.9% were in voluntary/unpaid work for an employer.

Industry Sectors

Graph 2a: Comparison of industry sector entered for postgraduates of taught courses:

 

PGT Industry sectors comparison

Bar chart above shows the industry sectors entered taught postgraduates surveyed in the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 in comparison with 2018 results.

In 2019, 0% entered agriculture, forestry and fisheries; 3.15% entered mining and quarrying; 8.65% entered manufacture; 1.6% entered electric, gas and water; 1.6% entered construction; 3.55% entered wholesale and retail trade; 1.15% entered transport and storage; 0.25% entered accommodation and food services; 10% entered information and communications; 17.95% entered financial and insurance; 0.7% entered real estate; 21.4% entered professional, scientific and technical activities; 1.2% entered admin and support services; 2.65% entered public admin and defence; 4.65% entered education; 9.15% entered human health and social work; 0.45% entered arts, entertainment and recreation; 1.1% entered other servicesand 10.8% were not coded.

Graph 2b: Comparison of industry sector entered for postgraduates of research courses:

PGR Industry sectors graph

Bar chart above shows the industry sectors entered research postgraduates surveyed in the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 in comparison with 2018 results.

For research postgraduates, 0% entered agriculture, forestry and fisheries; 1.55% entered mining and quarrying; 8.1% entered manufacture; 0.95% entered electric, gas and water; 0.8% entered construction; 0.45% entered wholesale and retail trade; 0.6% entered transport and storage; 0.15% entered accommodation and food services; 7.65% entered information and communications; 3.75% entered financial and insurance; 0.15% entered real estate; 20.7% entered professional, scientific and technical activities; 0.65% entered admin and support services; 4.35% entered public admin and defence; 30.55% entered education; 10.45% entered human health and social work; 0.3% entered arts, entertainment and recreation; 0.3% entered other servicesand 8.55% were not coded.

By department (2016-17)

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

BIOENGINEERING

BUSINESS SCHOOL

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

CHEMISTRY

CIVIL ENGINEERING

CO-CURRICULAR STUDIES

COMPUTING

EARTH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

LIFE SCIENCES

MATERIALS

MATHEMATICS

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

MEDICINE AND MEDICAL SCIENCES

Medicine (all areas combined)

PHYSICS

Sustainable Energy Futures

Master's by department (2018-19)

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

BIOENGINEERING

BUSINESS SCHOOL

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

CIVIL ENGINEERING

CO-CURRICULAR STUDIES

COMPUTING

EARTH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

HE RESEARCH

LIFE SCIENCES

MATERIALS

MATHEMATICS

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

MEDICINE

NATIONAL HEART AND LUNG INSTITUTE (NHLI)

PHYSICS

PUBLIC HEALTH

SURGERY AND CANCER

PhDs by department (2018-19)

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

BIOENGINEERING

BUSINESS SCHOOL

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

CHEMISTRY

CIVIL ENGINEERING

CLINICAL SCIENCES

COMPUTING

CRICK CENTRE

DYSON DESIGN ENGINEERING

EARTH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

LIFE SCIENCES

MATERIALS

MATHEMATICS

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

MEDICINE

NATIONAL HEART AND LUNG INSTITUTE (NHLI)

PHYSICS

PUBLIC HEALTH

SURGERY AND CANCER