How this course prepares you for future employment
Studying physics at The University of Nottingham provides you with a firm foundation for your future career. Studying physics can help you develop a range of skills that can be applied in many areas, both scientific and non-technical. These skills include:
technical and laboratory skills
ability to communicate complex ideas
Over 87% of our 2010/2011 physics and astronomy graduates, who were available for work or study, gained employment or further study within six months of graduation.
The labour market for physics graduates
Physics graduates from 2011 went into a diverse range of occupations. Some graduates entered roles related to their degree such as research scientist, power graduate, research and development engineer, IT consultant, planning engineer, graduate engineer, medical physicist, aerospace engineer and database engineer.
Other graduates secured positions in, for example, accountancy, tax analysis, teaching, IT, and retailing.
A number of graduates proceeded onto further study
Some graduates continued onto PhDs and some onto masters courses. These include masters in nanoscale systems engineering, theoretical physics, sustainable energy and entrepreneurship, optics and photonics.
Other areas of study included teaching, accountancy, patent attorney, banking and international finance, and entrepreneurship.
I studied physics at The University of Nottingham and chose to join a graduate scheme at e2v Technologies Ltd . It promised a varied two years of learning about different technologies whilst honing my commercial awareness – a combination of skills which are highly sought after.
The company is based in Chelmsford, Essex and manufacture everything from magnetrons for radiotherapy treatment to high performance charge coupled devices (CCDs) for the space and astronomy sector - Mars Rover Curiosity is one of the latest projects to have our sensors installed!