Careers

A physics degree is a great starting point for a wide range of careers.

A Physics degree provides graduates with advanced problem-solving skills and the ability to think logically and critically about complex situations. Add this to a high mathematical ability, computing and IT proficiency and communication skills in written, oral and online media, and our graduates have opportunities in a diverse range of careers.

Of those who graduated from the School of Physics and Astronomy in 2015, 87% went into employment or further study.  Of those who went into employment, 72% were employed in graduate level jobs within the first six months of graduation.  47% of our graduates decided to pursue postgraduate study.

Employment and Further Study

Our recent graduates have gone on into employment with a wide variety of industries, including computing, manufacturing and government research industries, life sciences, energy, teaching and scientific journalism.  Many Physics graduates are welcome in areas such as management, finance and the public sector - while not directly related to their qualification - these areas draw upon the generic skills of problem-solving, numeracy and computing that are developed by a degree in Physics.

Many of our students continue their studies by enrolling in postgraduate degrees (Masters or PhD) that will allow them to pursue research on fundamental problems at the frontiers of knowledge.

Support in fulfilling career ambitions

Students are supported throughout their time at University and after graduation by the University Career Service.  Students can access support and information on getting work experience, planning for after graduation, developing business awareness and applying for jobs and postgraduate study. Even in the first year of your degree, the Career Service can advise you on how to build a strong CV, find summer placements and prepare for interviews. 

University Careers Service - Physics and Astronomy

All of our degrees are accredited or recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) who also provide a great deal of information about career options and prospects for those with a Physics degree.