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Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) from Universities: 2019/20: Scotland

Earnings information for UK-domiciled first-degree graduates from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Scotland.


Higher Education Institution (HEI) Level

Table 7 shows the median total earnings for UK-domiciled first-degree graduates from HEIs five years after graduation split by subject area and institution.

Due to small numbers of graduates in some subjects in certain HEIs and some HEIs not offering particular subjects, this table includes suppressed and missing values. Median earnings can also vary between subjects for various reasons.

Different HEIs will offer different courses that are considered to be in the same subject category, but could lead to vastly different career paths. For this reason, Table 7 should not be used as a means to rank HEIs or subjects.

More information is available in the ‘Data Quality‘ section, which outlines some of the issues to consider when looking at this data.

Table 7: Median total earnings of graduates* from Scottish HEIs by subject area and HEI five years after graduation, 2019/20 tax year
Median total earnings (£)
Subject studied The University of Aberdeen University of Abertay Dundee The University of Dundee Edinburgh Napier University The University of Edinburgh Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow School of Art The University of Glasgow Heriot-Watt University Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh The Robert Gordon University Royal Conservatoire of Scotland The University of St Andrews SRUC The University of Stirling The University of Strathclyde University of the Highlands and Islands The University of the West of Scotland
Agriculture, food and related subjects x - x - x - - x - - - - - 23,800 x - 21,800 -
Allied health x 25,300 31,300 x - 28,200 - - - 25,300 28,000 - - - - 26,400 - 28,200
Architecture, building and planning x - 28,200 32,600 28,900 40,300 - x 34,400 - 31,800 - - - - 28,900 x -
Biosciences 26,400 29,100 24,700 24,900 31,100 27,600 - 26,000 23,800 x 31,800 - 30,000 22,500 21,200 27,400 - 21,600
Business and management 37,700 23,800 30,000 27,100 35,500 27,800 - 37,700 28,500 24,700 29,300 - x 24,900 28,200 32,900 23,400 23,400
Celtic studies x - - - x - - x - - - - - - - - 30,000 -
Chemistry 26,000 25,300 - - 31,100 - - 31,800 27,100 - - - 30,700 - - 30,700 - 33,300
Combined and general studies - - - - 20,900 - - x - - - - 21,200 - - - x -
Computing 42,800 31,800 38,800 26,700 40,300 30,400 - 40,400 38,100 - 30,400 - 49,400 - 38,100 41,400 20,900 25,600
Creative arts and design 20,900 23,800 22,000 24,900 24,000 24,300 22,300 29,600 22,300 - 21,000 - - - - - 15,700 18,700
Economics 37,000 - 34,800 x 46,100 - - 46,800 36,600 - - - 60,000 - 26,400 31,800 - -
Education and teaching 34,400 - 30,700 - 34,400 - - 34,400 - - - 34,600 - - 34,800 30,700 27,300 34,400
Engineering 39,200 28,900 35,100 33,700 39,200 35,900 - 36,200 34,400 - 43,600 - - - - 36,600 33,500 32,600
English studies 26,000 - 24,500 22,700 25,600 - - 25,800 - - - - 30,400 - 23,400 23,100 - -
General, applied and forensic sciences x - 30,000 - x 25,400 - x 31,100 - 23,400 - x - - x x 25,600
Geography, earth and environmental studies 30,000 - 26,700 - 32,200 - - 28,500 - - - - 32,600 25,600 25,100 30,400 x -
Health and social care - - 33,100 x 33,700 35,100 - 22,500 - - 31,100 - - - 33,300 35,300 25,800 27,100
History and archaeology 27,800 - 26,400 - 30,700 - - 26,000 - - - - 30,700 - 25,300 27,100 19,000 -
Languages and area studies 26,700 - x x 30,700 - - 29,300 26,600 - - - 31,800 - 31,800 26,400 - x
Law 37,300 27,600 30,400 31,100 36,400 30,000 - 36,200 x - 31,100 - - - 27,400 32,900 - 21,600
Materials & technology x 19,400 - - x 23,400 - x - - - - - - - x - -
Mathematical sciences 32,600 - 34,400 - 35,900 - - 34,400 37,700 - - - 42,800 - 28,900 33,100 - -
Media, journalism and communications - - x 23,400 - 26,400 - - - 24,500 23,800 - x - 24,900 28,200 - 23,400
Medical sciences 34,400 - x - 41,700 30,700 - 28,900 - 32,900 32,600 - x - - - - -
Medicine & dentistry 52,000 - 50,500 - 52,700 x - 49,800 - - - - 45,000 - - - - -
Nursing & midwifery - 27,100 28,900 29,600 31,800 31,500 - 30,400 - 27,800 28,500 - - - 28,500 - x 30,000
Performing arts 23,400 x - 20,100 30,200 - - 29,300 - 19,000 - 21,800 - - - 20,900 17,400 19,000
Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy 28,500 - 47,200 - x 22,300 - 26,900 - x 37,300 - - - - 33,700 - -
Philosophy and religious studies 30,400 - 22,000 - 30,000 - - 22,300 - - - - 30,000 - 23,700 - x -
Physics and astronomy x - 32,900 - 36,200 - - 32,800 28,900 - - - 33,700 - - 34,000 - 26,400
Politics 29,500 - 23,400 - 33,700 - - 30,000 - - - - 32,900 - 26,400 27,600 - 24,300
Psychology 26,700 23,100 26,000 23,800 31,500 27,800 - 28,900 23,800 21,000 - - 31,500 - 24,200 27,800 x 23,100
Sociology, social policy and anthropology 27,400 23,200 x 24,900 27,400 24,700 - 29,300 - x 26,400 - 31,100 - 24,900 28,500 x 22,700
Sport and exercise sciences x 22,900 x 24,500 35,500 - - 28,900 27,100 - 27,100 - - - 25,400 - x 25,300
Veterinary sciences - - - 19,900 37,300 - - 35,900 - - - - - - - - - -

*UK-domiciled first-degree graduates 2013/14,

(1) Hours worked are not taken into account.

(2) ‘-‘ denotes there are zero individuals studying that subject at that HEI, ‘x’ denotes that data have been suppressed to prevent disclosure.

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