What are the career prospects?
As noted by many professional sources, physics graduates have a very wide selection of options available to them, in almost every sector of the modern economy.
Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate placements, either in this country or abroad, and a significant number of our undergraduate students return to conduct doctoral research in one of our many research groups.
Beyond a career in scientific research, there is a fantastic array of opportunites available to Physics graduates. Because of its analytical and experimental nature, Physics provides an excellent education that is useful for all manner of careers from science to industry, teaching to commerce, and space to oceanography or forensic science. The supplementary skills taught as part of our degree (electronics, programming, presentation, writing, etc.) broadens out the range of careers to the whole of the modern economy.
Your job prospects will be significantly enhanced -- even in careers outside Physics -- by the opportunities we offer for developing your computing, numeracy and communication skills. As a result, many of our graduates are able to enter areas such as scientific publishing, information science, library work, patent law, the Civil Service, not to mention design, sales and marketing.
Advice on careers is provided informally by the Department’s teaching staff, and more formally by the College Careers Service which is part of the University of London Careers Advisory Service. Further information on careers is available from the Institute of Physics, and the Institute’s Journal, Physics World, and its other publications contain a plethora of advertisements of suitable careers.
Opportunities for Graduate Study
With a good honours degree you are eligible for postgraduate studies in this country or abroad. We offer MSc programmes in Particle Physics, Physics Research and Nanophysics & Low Temperature Physics, as well as MPhil and PhD research degrees.