Careers and Employability

Physics is an exciting subject that is fundamental to many developments in modern society. Our degree schemes are designed to help our graduates achieve good employment prospects.

A wide range of career options

Physics is an exciting subject that is fundamental to the developments in modern society. Applications of the subject range from the very pure to the very applied, and a physics degree opens up a wide range of rewarding careers in scientific research and technological development, as well as in a wide variety of other professions.

Many of our graduates carry on with a research degree or enter employment that directly relies on their specialist skills. Physics graduates are in high demand across many industries, including semiconductor industries, medical and telecommunication businesses, civil and defence research, public health programmes and teaching. Many scientists originally trained in physics are working in areas such as electronic engineering, metallurgy, geology, information technology and molecular biology.

The destination of our students after graduation breaks down as follows: PhD (research degree) 41%, PGCE (teacher training) 14%, Physics-related employment (e.g., hi-tech industries) 16%, Other employment (e.g., finance, marketing, consulting) 18%, MSc and other full-time postgraduate study 11%.

Enhancing your prospects

Our degree schemes emphasise the development of transferable skills, such as critical thinking, communication skills, numeracy, literacy, team working, and computing and computational skills, which are much in demand amongst employers. Students can also work towards achieving a Lancaster Award, which rewards you for taking part in extra-curricular activities, and has been developed in partnership with employers to help you stand out from the crowd and enhance your future employment prospects.

Beyond Physics

Our graduates also find employment in a wide range of other careers where they are valued because of general skills gained during the course such as logical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, teamwork, numeracy and computer literacy. Examples include consulting, finance, computer programming, and accountancy, as well as managerial and administrative positions.