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Earning by Degrees: Differences in the career outcomes of UK graduates

This report examines how graduate career outcomes differ depending on the subject they studied and the university they attended. It shows the differences in earnings from different types of university in terms of starting salaries and earnings three and a half years after graduation.

Key findings include:

• Graduate career outcomes differ markedly depending on their university and degree subject.

• Graduates from Oxford and Cambridge enjoy starting salaries approximately £7,600 (42%) higher per year, on average, than graduates from post-1992 universities.

• Differences by subject are even more substantial, with graduates from medicine and dentistry courses (the highest earning subject) earning starting salaries approximately £12,200 higher than those studying design and creative arts (the lowest earning subjects). Engineering and technology (the second highest earning subject) graduates earn on average £8,800 higher than design and creative arts graduates.

• Large differences between universities remain even after removing the effects of graduates' demographic characteristics, social backgrounds, A-level grades, degree classes and their choice of subject.

• On average the top earning courses were medicine and dentistry; engineering and technology; economics; computer science; and education. The lowest earning courses were psychology; English; design and creative arts; biological sciences; and history and philosophy. 

Author(s): Dr Robert de Vries

Other Publishers: The Sutton Trust

Production date: 2014

How to obtain: Download Earning by Degrees: Differences in the career outcomes of UK graduates

Communities: Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability

Audiences: Careers practitioners

Format: Web



Tags: graduate labour market salary salary information graduate earnings earnings starting salaries graduate outcomes

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