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Find Your Physics Career

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Find Your Physics Career

Work experience is a stepping stone to your future, it provides the opportunity to test out career options and build work place skills. Within a competitive job market, work experience can be essential in securing a job.

We help you gain new skills and knowledge through placements, internships and research projects.

Find out your options below.

Summer Internships

What can I do?

What are your plans for the summer? Sun, sleep and increasing boredom? If so, you could instead use your time to find out what might await you after your degree. Summer internships are a great way to gain new skills and experience, and to find out about opportunities in a range of sectors.

How do I do it?

A wide range of companies advertise summer internships throughout the year. Have a look at our jobs board and speak to your student advisor about identifying opportunities and making applications.

Who will help me?

Your student advisor will discuss work experience options with you and help you apply for placements and internships

Year in Industry

What can I do?

You can choose to spend a year working in a graduate-level role as part of your degree. You’ll apply your scientific knowledge to commercial problems, further develop your teamwork and communication skills, and get a taste of the freedom of a young professional. There’s no better way to prepare yourself for life after study.

How do I do it?

You can register for the Year in Industry programme at any point during the first year of your degree. You’ll take part in workshops and activities to prepare you for the year, and will receive expert tailored support from our advisory team.

Who will help me?

Your student advisor will discuss work experience options with you and help you apply for placements and internships

Industrial Research Projects

What can I do?

In your final year you’ll carry out a six-month research project. You can choose to work on problems supplied by commercial partners, who will guide your research. These projects are the perfect way to discover the relevance of physics in the everyday world, and to further your understanding of the complex interplay between science and commerce.

How do I do it?

Industrial research projects will be advertised at the beginning of your final year. Each university has slightly different programmes, so be sure to speak to your student advisor to find out exactly what’s involved.

Who will help me?

Your student advisor will discuss work experience options with you and help you apply for placements and internships