Careers

An important consideration in the design of our degrees is to help our graduates achieve good employment prospects.

Destinations of Recent Physics Graduate From HESA data, six months after graduation

Our graduates are highly numerate, literate and have excellent problem solving skills.

These skills, together with the communication, team working and computational ability developed in our courses are much in demand amongst employers.

The destination of our students after graduation breaks down as follows:

  • PhD (research degree) 41%
  • PGCE (teacher training) 14%
  • Physics-related employment (hi-tech industries etc.) 16%
  • Other employment (finance, marketing, consulting...) 18%
  • MSc and similar full-time study 11%

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.

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.

Careers News on Facebook

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Our Lancaster University Physics Careers page on Facebook is continually updated with careers news and events for students in the Physics Department.

Careers Advice

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There are many opportunities for you to receive career advice. The Departmental Careers Tutor regularly posts details of job opportunities on a notice board. This is backed up by an excellent and very proactive University careers advisory service - Careers.