Careers and Graduate Destinations

Research student at graduation reception

Taught MSc

The MSc courses at York don't just give you academic qualifications. They are also designed to enhance your employability and to prepare you for entering the world of work or research after graduation.

Some of the ways we do this are:
left quoteThe group project experience improved not only my engineering ability, but also other transferable skills such as interpersonal skills, time management, delegation & risk management to a large extent.‌right quote

Yiding Xu (MSc IWC)

  • Group projects which simulate project work within a company - working and problem solving in a team
  • Work with industry standard tools to make you attractive candidates for propsective employers
  • Visits and careers talks from our industrial contacts
  • Negotiating internship opportunities to help students gain industrial experience
  • Lifetime support from the University Careers Service
  • Training in research methods and project management.
  • Opportunities to develop presentation skills and report writing.
  • Research led teaching - providing exposure to cutting edge methods from acknowledged experts.
  • Hands-on experience of event and project management including the opportunity to design and deliver two events on campus (Audio and Music Technology only).
  • York Alumni Association provides support and opportunities to network with other former York students after you graduate.

QR code to link to Chinese Alumni WeChat pages.

For example there are‌ currently around 500 active alumni attending social events and career talks in Beijing and Shanghai. Our networks are facilitated through WeChat with daily conversations occurring between alumni in China. To see our latest events in China please follow Yorkers_China . During the events in China you will find out how to join our WeChat groups.

Where do MSc students go after graduating?

Industry destinations of MSc students from 2011 -2014 taken from DLHE survey, 6 months after completing MSc.

After graduating from York our MSc students have found careers in a wide variety of sectors as shown by the graph above.

Former students have jobs in big name companies from the UK and across the world such as:

ARM, Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung, HP China, Sondrel, Oxford Digital, Densitron Technologies, China Mobile, Imagination Technologies, LETV, PWC, Huawei, Eleckta, Nissan, Infosys, Sci-com Software India, SAP China, ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd, Starpoint Communications, Capvision, Expeditors (USA), ICT regulator (ZICTA) Zambia, Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority, ZOO Digital Group.

Specific information for each MSc can be found on the careers tab of each MSc page.

left quoteMy degree has helped me academically, socially and culturally. I accepted a job offer at MetricStream and have been working since I graduated.right quote

Johannes Rodrigues (MSc Engineering Management)


What about further research?

I am now studying for a PhD in the Audio Lab. The experience I gained on the DSP course has been absolutely invaluable, giving me the confidence to get stuck in right away!right quote

Amelia Gully (MSc DSP)

‌Over 85% of MSc students thought their MSc degree prepared them well or very well for further research.  At least 13% of our 2013 graduates were undertaking further research when surveyed six months after graduation, with some of those liking York so much that they decided to stay on and do a PhD with us.


Graduate Profiles

Have a look at our Taught MSc Student Profiles to find out more about the career paths of some of our recent graduates and how MSc study at York prepared them for their future careers.


Being a research student in the Department of Electronic Engineering isn't just about producing a piece of academic work. It's also about developing skills that will help you succeed in your chosen career whether you choose to stay in academia or move into industry.

As part of your research degree you will:

  • Take part in Departmental initiatives to develop your skills including the 1st year PhD presentation session, 2nd year PhD poster competition and 3rd year PhD research seminar.
  • Have the opportunity to be part of the Early Careers Researcher Forum (ECRF) which provides training and social opportunities for all early career researchers in the Department of Electronics.
  • Have access to skills training from the University Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) in Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities, Personal Effectiveness, Research Governance and Organisation and Engagement, influence and impact.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for the accredited York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA).
  • Have opportunities to gain teaching and lab experience (and be paid) through applying for positions as Postgraduates Who Teach (PGWT).
  • Have the opportunity to sit in on undergraduate and taught MSc lectures to improve your background knowledge.
  • Have opportunities for networking; both departmentally with research group meetings, and nationally and internationally through departmental support for attendance at conferences.

As a research graduate, the skills you develop during your studies are highly valued in a wide variety of industries.

Where do Research Students go after graduating?

Industry destinations of former reseach students include: AECOM, AuDiOTeK, BBC, Bell Labs, Cambridge Consultants, Celgene, Complete Cover Group, Delphi Packard Electric Systems Ltd, Ericsson, European Central Bank, Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited, Graduate Prospects Ltd, Huawei, IBM China, Japan Tobacco International, MathWorks, Meridian Audio Ltd, Midea Group, Nordic Semiconductor ASA, Openmarket, Double Negative, Rapita Systems, Seagate technology, Shanghai Research Institution of China Telecom, SimOmics Ltd, VIPER RF and York EMC Services.

Many students remain in academia taking up postdoctoral research associate or lecturer positions at institutions in the UK and around the world including: Anglia Ruskin University, Goldsmiths College, Royal Holloway, Macquarrie University, CITEC Bielefeld University, National Oceanography Centre and of course, the University of York.

Research Student Destination Profiles

Having completed their studies, our postgraduate students go on to participate in a range of jobs and careers in a variety of organisations - have a look at our Research Student Profiles to find out more.

Any questions?

Admissions Enquiries
Helen Smith

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Prof. Stephen Smith

(+44) 01904 324485