Work experience is a stepping stone to your future.
We help you gain new skills and knowledge through placements, internships and projects.

What’s the point of work experience?

Hear previous students explain how they benefitted from work experience

“I personally couldn’t recommend it enough… I had such an amazing experience…”

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Jed Evamy-Jones, University of Leeds, Year in Industry video

“If you can problem-solve, you can program… it’s a logic problem… so you can give me a problem in physics, or you can give me a problem in programming, and I think about how to solve it in a very similar way… that doesn’t really change much across the two…”

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James Davies, from transcript of interview with Alex Dickinson

“There’s no regrets on taking a Year in Industry placement… it’s great… every day’s different, everything’s new…”

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Anya Matthews, University of York, Year in Industry YouTube video

“The project was very open, very free… I had a lot of choice to work on whatever interested me…”

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Jack Mallinson, interview about Year in Industry with Alex Dickinson

“I absolutely loved what I did on my placement… I would recommend the Year in Industry for everyone… it is an exceptionally good experience…”

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James Davies, University of York, Year in Industry YouTube video

“There’s not much in terms of equations… but that’s not to say that the skills I’ve gained through physics aren’t transferable… it’s the way you go about a problem, rather than the problem itself, which is transferable…”

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Sean Darcy

“I learnt a lot about the physics industry… how people work and how people do their jobs in a research-focussed environment…”

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Jack Mallinson

“They planned to use the code I was working on in future projects… it’s rewarding to know that something you worked on is being used…”

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Ryan Cocking

“The way I’m thinking about problems in a more business-focussed way, it’s going to help me think about, ‘How does this relate to the real world? Who is the client in this situation?’…”

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James Wyatt

“They’ve given me stuff that not only I haven’t seen, but they haven’t seen…”

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Sean Darcy

“There’s a lot of stuff I can point to and say ‘I did that’, which is very satisfying…”

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Sean Darcy

“I’ve built up the model from scratch… now I’m the go-to person for CAD models, which is pretty rewarding…”

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Thomas Potton

“This year has offered real insight into what jobs after a physics degree are like…”

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Thomas Potton

“I didn’t know that there were this many different areas to work in physics across the UK…”

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Thomas Potton

“I couldn’t recommend going out of your comfort zone enough… doing something different opens doors for the future…”

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Sean Darcy

“I couldn’t recommend going out of your comfort zone enough… doing something different opens doors for the future…”

“I would definitely recommend it… if your heart’s not in it, make your heart be in it because it’s genuinely something you should get yourself into…”

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2020-05-07T14:46:29+01:00

James Wyatt

“I proposed a new modelling method… I was convinced it could have been done better…”

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Liam Slater

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What can I do?

You can do
a Year in Industry

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.

Find out how previous students
benefitted from their Year in Industry

You can do
an Industrial Research Project

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.

Be inspired by
previous research projects

You can do
a Summer Internship

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.


Learn what previous students
gained from their internships

How do I do it?

Year in Industry

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.

To find out more about the Year in Industry programme, speak to your Student Advisor

Industrial Research Project

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.

For advice about signing up for an industrial research project, contact your Student Advisor

Summer Internship

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.

For help with setting up your own summer internship, drop a line to your Student Advisor

Who will help me?

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