Universities That lead To The Highest Salary

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And it's not one you'd expect!

There are a lot of ways to assess the best university for you, such as reading about the university, talking to students, and visiting on open days. I'm going to give you another possibility in narrowing your search. I've sorted through pages of figures from Unistats showing which institutions are leading to the highest-paying jobs after completing your first full-time degree.

In the table below, look down the list of subjects in the first column for courses you're interested in. The second column will tell you which universities appear to lead to higher-paying jobs for students taking those courses. The third and fourth columns give you the average salaries students have got afterwards, and the fifth column tells you how this compares to other universities, and what range of salaries you might expect in general:

Salary after completing first full-time degree

SubjectUniStarting salary (after 6 months)Salary after 40 monthsComparison with other universities
MedicineOxford University/ Southampton University£31,000 £31,000£40,000Salaries start from £23,000 but after 40 months every university's students average £40,000.
DentistryAll£30,000No data
Anatomy, physiology & pathologyUniversity of East London/ Kings College London£25,000 £21,000£27,000Starting salaries start from £14,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £23,000.
Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacyUniversity of Bath/ University of Nottingham£21,000 £20,000£37,000Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £22,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £30,000.
NursingCity University£29,000£28,000Starting salaries start from £21,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £23,000.
NutritionKing's College London/ University of Surrey£22,000 £21,000£26,000Starting salaries start from £17,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
OphthalmicsUniversity of Sheffield£21,000£35,000Starting salaries start from £12,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £33,000.
Aural & oral sciencesAll£20,000-£23,000£24,000Virtually all universities listed in Unistat data fit in this range.
Medical technologyCity University/ University of Portsmouth£24,000 £22,000£27,000Canterbury Christ Church University and University Campus Suffolk also averaged £27,000.
Cinematics & photographyUniversity of the Arts, London£18,000£23,000Starting salaries start from £13,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £18,000.
Academic studies in educationUniversity of Greenwich/ University of Bedfordshire/ University of East London£18,000 £16,000 £14,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £14,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £18,000.
Initial teacher trainingRoehampton University/ University of Greenwich/ St. Mary's University College, Twickenham£25,000 £24,000 £24,000£28,000Starting salaries start from £21,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £25,000.
Other subjects allied to medicineSt. George's University of London£19,000£28,000Starting salaries start from £15,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £24,000.
BiologyUniversity of Nottingham/ University of Warwick/ University of Birmingham£18,000 £17,000 £17,000£23,000Starting salaries start from £15,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £21,000.
Molecular biology, biophysics, biochemistry & other biological sciencesUniversity of Southampton£16,000£27,000Starting salaries start from £16,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
Sports scienceSt Mary's University College, Twickenham/ University of Bedfordshire/ Brunel University£18,000 £17,000 £14,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £13,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £19,000.
PsychologyUniversity of East London/ University College London/ Goldsmiths' College/ University of Westminster£20,000 £19,000 £18,000 £16,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £13,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £19,000.
Veterinary sciencesUniversity of Cambridge£25,000£35,000Starting salaries range from £25,000 to £27,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £30,000.
ChemistryImperial College London/ Oxford University/ Durham University£27,000 £24,000 £24,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £16,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
Physics & astronomyImperial College, London£28,000£28,000Starting salaries start from £20,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £25,000.
Forensic & archaeological scienceUniversity Of The West Of England, Bristol£15,000£21,000Starting salaries start from £14,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £18,000.
Physical geography & environmental scienceUniversity of Nottingham/ University Of Bristol/ Loughborough University/ University of Birmingham£20,000 £20,000 £18,000 £17,000£24,000Starting salaries start from £14,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £21,000.
Mathematics & statisticsQueen Mary, University Of London£20,000£32,000Starting salaries range from £17,000 to £29,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £26,000.
Computer scienceQueen Mary, University Of London£23,000£32,000Starting salaries range from £17,000 to £35,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £23,000.
Mechanical, production & manufacturing engineeringImperial College, London/ University Of Bath/ University Of Bristol£27,000 £25,000 £24,000£28,000Starting salaries start from £17,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £25,000.
Aerospace engineeringUniversity Of Sheffield/ University Of Manchester£24,000 £23,000£30,000Starting salaries range from £23,000 to £25,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £29,000.
Electronic & electrical engineeringMost£21,000-£25,000£27,000Students from most universities average £27,000 after 40 months
Civil engineeringKingston University£23,000£28,000Starting salaries range from £21,000 to £25,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £26,000.
Chemical, process & energy engineeringAll£25,000-£30,000£33,000Students from all universities average £33,000 after 40 months
Materials & minerals technologyLoughborough University/ University of Exeter/ University of Manchester£23,000 £20,000 £18,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £16,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £24,000.
ArchitectureManchester Metropolitan University£19,000£28,000Starting salaries range from £17,000 to £20,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £24,000.
BuildingKingston University/ University of Northumbria at Newcastle£22,000 £20,000£29,000Starting salaries range from £17,000 to £25,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £25,000.
Planning (urban, rural & regional)Most£16,000-£20,000£25,000Students from most universities average £25,000 after 40 months
EconomicsLSE/ University of Cambridge/ Royal Holloway/ University College London£35,000 £35,000 £27,000 £27,000£32,000Starting salaries start from £16,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £25,000.
PoliticsOxford University/ LSE£25,000 £24,000£26,000Starting salaries start from £15,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
SociologyRoehampton University/ University of Bristol/ Kingston University£17,000 £17,000 £16,000£23,000Starting salaries range from £14,000 to £22,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £16,000.
Social workUniversity of East London/ Brunel University/ Royal Holloway£29,000 £28,000 £28,000£29,000Starting salaries start from £15,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
Human & social geographyLSE£24,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £15,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
LawKing's College London/ Kingston University/ University of Westminster£21,000 £17,000 £17,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £14,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £18,000.
Business studiesCity University/ Kingston University/ University of Westminster/ Queen Mary£26,000 £21,000 £20,000 £20,000£28,000Starting salaries start from £16,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
MarketingUniversity of Northampton£16,000£26,000Starting salaries range from £16,000 to £20,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £21,000.
Management studiesLondon Metropolitan University/ University of The Arts, London£20,000 £19,000£28,000Starting salaries range from £14,000 to £27,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £20,000.
FinanceCity University£29,000£36,000Starting salaries start from £16,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £25,000.
AccountingLondon Metropolitan University/ Kingston University/ University of Greenwich£20,000 £18,000 £18,000 £27,000Starting salaries range from £15,000 to £23,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £22,000.
Tourism, transport & travelSouthampton Solent University£16,000£23,000Starting salaries range from £15,000 to £18,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £19,000.
Media studiesThe University of Westminster£18,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £14,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £19,000.
JournalismStaffordshire University/ University of The Arts, London£16,000£22,000Starting salaries range from £15,000 to £17,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £17,000.
English studiesGoldsmiths' College£16,000£25,000Starting salaries range from £14,000 to £20,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £21,000.
French studiesMost£18,000-£19,000£25,000Students from most universities average £25,000 after 40 months
HistoryQueen Mary, University of London/ Goldsmiths' College£19,000/ £15,000£25,000Starting salaries range from £13,000 to £22,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £19,000.
PhilosophyOxford University£23,000£25,000Starting salaries start from £15,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £21,000.
Design studiesUniversity of The Arts, London/ Kingston University£18,000 £17,000£23,000Starting salaries range from £13,000 to £22,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £18,000.
DramaSt Mary's University College, Twickenham£15,000£23,000Starting salaries range from £12,000 to £18,000. Salaries after 40 months start from £19,000.

These numbers just represent either one or two years of aggregate data. Institutions with smaller classes might skew the results even more, so we cannot yet know how reliable this is for the future. However, it makes a potential starting point and it'll get more accurate as I develop it in the years ahead to build up a bigger and more accurate picture.

The six month figures (third column) from Unistats are based on actual earnings from students attending the institution.

The 40-month figures (fourth column) are not available by institution. Instead, these are regionally-adjusted sector averages based on where graduates from that university normally go to work. This probably explains many of the weird results (and probable errors) such as nursing students at City University apparently getting paid less after 40 months than after six months.
Also, the subjects are loosely classified, which is why you have the University Of The Arts in London competing with London Metropolitan University on management studies. The former university will presumably be focusing on fashion, publishing and so on.

The top universities
Some of the most respected universities are only top in a few subjects. Oxford comes top four times, Cambridge twice, Kings College London once, and Imperial College London three times. This is probably due to the narrow focus that many universities have, as well as competition and the universities' links with employers. Even so, two to four appearances at the top is more than most universities.

Meanwhile, Kingston University is the overall winner, appearing seven times with the highest salaries in civil engineering, building, sociology, law, business studies, accounting and design studies.

On the whole, differences in salaries are smaller than I thought, although that doesn't mean you should be complacent in which university you choose. The universities that appear to lead to better jobs are typically getting you at least £4,000 more than the worst universities after just three years.

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