The data

Each postgraduate was surveyed and asked to return what they were doing on the specific census date of 15 April 2017.

Where does the data come from?

The guidelines for carrying out this survey come from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). In the most recent survey the level of data for PhD graduates has increased due to these guidelines. This level is still small in comparison to other postgraduate courses, so we have combined them together for the individual department statistics. We have, however, shown separate data for PhDs when displaying information on destination employers and occupations. The data below is for postgraduates who completed their course between 1 August 2016 - 31 December 2016.

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.

Please note that this information is currenlty being updated and some of it is temporarily not available. If you have any enquiries about destinations of Imperial students, please emaill Robert Carpenter, or call him on +44(0)2075948030.

DLHE tabs

Overall destinations

Graph 1a: Destination of Leavers from H.E. survey:

Graph showing destination of postgraduate leavers of higher education for 2016

Bar chart showing the results of the postgraduate collection of Destination of Leavers from Higher Education for 2016. For research home graduates, 50% had entered employment; 44% had entered further study or training; 1% were seeking employment or training; 2% were unavailable for employment, study, or training; and 3% of those contacted refused to participate. For postgraduate taught home graduates, 76% had entered employment; 13% had entered further study or training; 3% were seeking employment; 4% were unavailable for employment, study or training; and 3% refused to participate. For postgraduate research EU graduates, 41% had entered employment; 48% had entered further study or training; 6% were seeking employment or training; 3% were unavailable for employment, study, or training; and 2% refused to participate. For postgraduate taught EU graduates, 70% had entered employment; 20% had entered further study or training; 3% were seeking employment or training; 6% were unavailable for employment, study or training; and 1% refused to participate. For postgraduate research international graduates, 44% had entered employment; 49% had entered further study or training; 1% were seeking employment or training; 6% were unavailable for employment, study, or training; and 0% refused to participate. For postgraduates taught international graduates, 62% had entered employment; 19% had entered further study or training; 5% were seeking employment or training; 14% were unavailable for employment, study or training; and 0% refused to participate. 

Industry Sectors

Graph 2a: Comparison of Industry Sector Entered for Postgraduates of Taught Courses:

 

2016 comparison of industry sector entered for PG

Bar chart above shows the industry sectors entered by home, EU, and international taught postgraduates surveyed in the DLHE collection for 2016.

For postgraduate taught home graduates, 0% entered agriculture; 3.45% entered oil or mining; 6.35% entered manufacture; 2.65% entered utilities & transport; 11.40% entered technical consultancy or R & D; 7.15% entered IT & Communications; 15.10% entered banking or financial; 4% entered accountancy; 3.45% entered business & management consultancy; 12.45% entered other business activities; 4% entered public administration or defence; 10.60% entered education; 12.45% entered health or social work; and 6.95% entered others.

For postgraduate taught EU graduates, 0% entered agriculture; 2.05% entered oil or mining; 8.80% entered manufacture; 7.25% entered utilities & transport; 20.70% entered technical consultancy or R & D; 8.80% entered IT % Communications; 17.10% entered banking or financial; 1.05% entered accountancy; 8.30% entered business & management consultancy; 14% entered other business activities; 1.05% entered public administration or defence; 5.20% entered education; 2.05% entered health or social work; and 3.65% entered others.

For postgraduate taught international graduates, 1% entered agriculture; 6.15% entered oil or mining; 15.05% entered manufacture; 2.10% entered utilities & transport; 9.60% entered technical consultancy or R & D; 8.90% entered IT & Communications; 21.55% entered banking or financial; 4.80% entered accountancy; 5.80% entered business & management consultancy; 9.25% entered other business activities; 2.10% entered public administration or defence; 8.20% entered education; 3.10% entered health or social work; and 2.40% entered others. 

 
Graph 2b: Comparison of Industry Sector Entered for Postgraduates of Research Courses:

2016 comparison of industry sector entered for postgraduates of research coursesBar chart showing the industry sectors entered by home, EU, and international research postgraduates surveyed in the DLHE collection for 2016.

For postgraduate research home graduates, 0% entered agriculture; 1.35% entered oil or mining; 6.80% entered manufacture; 0.70% entered utilities & transport; 6.15% entered technical consultancy or R & D; 11.55% entered IT & Communications; 1.35% entered banking or financial; 0% entered accountancy; 1.35% entered business & management consultancy; 8.15% entered other business activities; 1.35% entered public administration or defence; 43.55% entered education; 14.95% entered health or social work; and 2.75% entered others.

For postgraduate research EU graduates, 0% entered agriculture; 0% entered oil or mining; 18.40% entered manufacture; 0% entered utilities & transport; 7.90% entered technical consultancy or R & D; 5.25% entered IT & communications; 7.90% entered banking or financial; 0% entered accountancy; 0% entered business & management consultancy; 7.90% entered other business activities; 5.25% entered public administration or defence; 44.75% entered education; 2.65% entered health or social work; and 0% entered others.

For postgraduate research international graduates, 0% entered agriculture; 0% entered oil or mining; 7.15% entered manufacture; 0% entered utilities & transport; 4.75% entered technical consultancy or R & D; 7.15% entered IT & Communications; 2.40% entered banking or financial; 0% entered accountancy; 0% entered business & management consultancy; 7.15% entered other business activities; 2.40% entered public administration or defence; 47.60% entered education; 14.25% entered health or social work; and 7.15% entered others. 

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