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Department of Computer Science

Careers support and advice

The Department of Computer Science will give you the knowledge and tools you need to succeed in the world of work

Ensuring you have the skills you need to pursue your dream career is one of our key priorities. In this section we show you how we prepare you for the world of work.

Possible careers

Our past students now work for multinational companies, including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Electronic Arts, Barclays, Rockstar North, Bentley, Sky, Merseyside Police, IBM and TT-Fusion.

You could pursue a variety of careers when you graduate. Here are just a few possible options you might like to explore: 

  • Software engineer
  • Technical consultant
  • Programmer
  • Network analyst
  • Project manager
  • Multimedia author                                        
  • Games developer
  • Interactive TV developer
  • App developer
  • Network engineer
  • Web developer
  • Web marketing                                                    

How we'll help you achieve your dream careerĀ 

There are lots of ways we'll help prepare you for success. Here are just a few: 

We'll help you secure extraordinary placements

A placement can radically transform your career prospects, which is why we have established an Industrial Liaison Unit, which helps students find one-year, paid industrial placements. Thanks to this approach many of our students have secured graduate positions with their placement employers. Recently, placement students have gone on to work for employers such as Lucid Games, GE Global and Eli Lilly.

You'll benefit from our links with leading organisations

Our Department has close ties with organisations such as Ely Lily, Heinz, MBNA Bank and HM Treasury. These links help inform our programmes and provide useful contacts for students.

We'll provide networking opportunities

Our Department has a diverse calendar of events, ranging from placement meetings and company talks, to events with student reps and our annual Employment Careers Fair. In 2014 we organised the 15th PGNet Conference. The conference is attended by PhD research students and early career researchers from across the UK.


We'll support you if you take part in competitions

Our award-winning students have been successful in some tough competitions, including:

Barclays Technology Challenge

In 2014 our students won first place at the Barclays Technology Challenge - a prestigious event organised by Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking, BBC Future Media, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as the Project Management Institute.

Students were asked to integrate social media into BBC iPlayer or to develop an educational platform for the Barclays’ MoneySkills scheme. As finalists, our students got to present their work at BBC Future Media at MediaCityUK. All participants received £100 in Amazon vouchers, plus our students gained work experience at Barclays, Bank of America and the BBC.

Cyber Security Challenge UK

Cyber Security Challenge UK is a series of national games and competitions run each year to identify new talent that can meet the urgent need to attract more skilled professionals into the cyber security sector.

Cisco University Challenge

The Cisco University Challenge is a hackathon-style event involving 20 university teams. The competition is a great opportunity for students to learn about real-life work scenarios. In 2014, the Liverpool John Moores University team came second – an impressive result. Cisco commented that they were ‘really impressed by the standard of the solutions’ the students created.

Cisco IoE Challenge

The Cisco IoE Challenge is a national computing competition. In 2015, the competition lasted 24 hours and around 50 students took part in the event. Our students created some impressive work and came third.

We can help you start your own business

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has been helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground since 2003. The Centre can help you with funding, networking, as well as business, legal and financial advice. Find out more about the type of support on offer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.


After spending four years at LJMU, I have my dream job at Hewlett-Packard as a Technology Consultant. I believe that the focus on providing students with both the practical and theoretical knowledge required by the industry played a pivotal role in my academic and professional success.

Gary Jones - Information Systems graduate