School of Physics & Astronomy


Student at careers fair.Physics underpins most science and technology, but the range of careers entered by physics and astronomy graduates is far wider than even this fact would suggest. Many employers see a physics graduate as someone who has demonstrated an ability to work through a demanding course of study and who will have acquired a variety of technical and other transferable skills. The range of careers enjoyed by our graduates and their success in finding suitable positions is a measure of how many employers appreciate the value of a physics degree. This appreciation is reflected in the lucrative salaries that graduates from this School can typically expect, even at the start of their careers. In fact a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that Physics, Chemistry and Engineering graduates are the highest paid after Medicine and Law graduates.

Over 50 % of our graduates go directly into professional employment. The range of jobs that they take up is very wide, including software engineering, management consultancy, financial services, and research and development in high technology based industries. Thirty percent of our graduates take higher degrees (20% do Ph.D.'s, the others various M.Sc. conversion courses and the P.G.C.E.) .Of the remainder, nearly 10% opt to take a year off after graduation to do voluntary service or simply to travel.

Please click here to view details of Graduate Destinations.

Institute of Physics Careers Event

The IoP have organised a free Bank of England careers event which will take place at it's London headquarters (80 Portland Place) on the evening of 30 October. Full details can be found on their web site... http://www.iop.org/events/careers/.

Careers Event in Physics - Autumn 2014

“Bitesize Careers”: 15 minute talks for finalists
Deborah Till, Faculty Careers Service.
Mondays at 1-1:15pm - B17.
With pizza!

6th October - What can I do with my degree?
20th October - Applications - Resources and Support Available
27th October - Planning Your career - What do you need to consider?
3rd November - Social Media and your Career

Careers Talks

Final Year Careers Talk
Deborah Till, Faculty Careers Service.
Wednesday 8th October 1-1.40pm in B14 ESLC.

Career Planning In Your Penultimate Year
Deborah Till, Faculty Careers Service.
Wednesday 29th October 1-1.40pm in B14 ESLC.
This will feature summer internships, how to get work experience, skills employers seek, destinations of previous students etc.

Physics Careers mini-fair

Primarily for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates and final year postgraduate students.
A chance to talk to directly to employers.
Wednesday 22 October, A113 CAPT building.
Provisionally 1-3pm
Food and drink provided.
Companies attending: Oxford Instruments, DSTL, e2v, IBM, Selex ES, Postgraduate recruitment
University Careers Service + more tbc.

Careers advice appointments (30 min appointments)

Please book online on this link.
Appointments are also available during vacation, book online. Students can also email their queries to: careers-team@nottingham.ac.uk
Job application advice (including CV examples) can be found here:

Lunchtime drop-in careers clinics – suitable for quick queries, CV feedback

Staffed by Faculty Careers Service – Science students can attend all.
Mondays 1-2pm Physics foyer
Tuesday Chemistry foyer 12-1pm
Maths on Thursdays 1-2pm
Further details in our Enewsletter which is emailed weekly.


Please view our website to see the full list of skills workshops (these will include Assessment Centres, CVs, interview techniques, psychometric tests), plus employer led sessions. All of these are bookable online on our website http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers/students/index.aspx

Careers Fairs and employer recruitment events

It's a good idea to meet employers, ask about job roles, understand the culture of their organisation, ask about opportunities at first degree and at PhD level. School of Physics students are welcome to attend all of our careers fairs. A full list of fairs is available under the Events section on the above link. The bulk of employer activity on campus will be in autumn. Deadlines for graduate schemes in large organisations often close in November. Summer internship application begin in autumn, students can find out more about these by coming to my summer internship talk on October 29th, 1pm. (venue tbc, details nearer the time). Obviously not all employers will be on campus, so it’s a good idea to research your chosen area to understand how those employers recruit.

Useful websites

IOP Careers
Our careers website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers/students/index.aspx
Job specific info can be found on:
Prospects sector advice: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/sectors.htm


Further information on physics internships and summer placements can be found on our Internships page. 

School of Physics and Astronomy

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telephone: +44 [0]115 951 5183
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email: physics-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk