Careers in Physics

A degree in Physics and Astronomy from Sussex will equip you with a wide range of skills and we give you specialist support throughout your degree to help you prepare for your future career.

Why Sussex?

  • we are ranked 1st in the UK for graduate prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • our graduates are in great demand with 100% in employment or further study after six months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015/16)
  • you can see a Careers and Employability Adviser at any time during your course and for up to three years after you graduate.

Key skills 

You will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental physics laws and principals and the ability to apply them, an analytical approach to problem solving, and effective use of IT for analysing data
  • develop the ability to work independently, work to tight deadlines and develop skills to communicate scientific information. All of these are highly prized by employers
  • you'll get the opportunity to learn research skills which will help prepare you for a career in research. 

Graduate destinations

100% of Physics BSc students were in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015/16).

Recent Physics and Astronomy graduates have started jobs as:

  • instrumentation researcher and developer, Pall Life Sciences
  • development engineer, Torr Scientific
  • business technologies associate, Accenture.

As a Physics graduate you can enter a wide variety of fields, including becoming a professional scientist in industry, government or academia, and your broad training means you can cross over into other scientific and technological disciplines. 

Other career options include the financial sector, where physicists’ ability to handle complex abstract models is particularly valued. Your analytical training also makes you suitable for careers in law, consultancy and business management.

Our MPhys degrees are perfect if you are planning a career in science or who want to go on to a higher research degree. 

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Careers support

As a student, you can access a range of services through our Careers and Employability Centre. You can get individual career support or attend employer events and career talks specifically for Physics students, including:

  • the Science, Engineering and IT Fair: we organise a yearly fair giving you the opportunity to meet and find out more about employers that are particularly interested in physics graduates
  • our Career development course: we offer second year students a course on the fundamentals of successful career development
  • the Physics Careers Forum: we organise a yearly careers forum giving you the opportunity to hear from Sussex and non-Sussex graduates and employers about careers and job prospects
  • advice from our Employability advisor/SEPnet Employer Liaison Officer.

Other opportunities:

  • our MPhys students can complete a research placement with Sussex researchers during the summer vacation, which provides a unique opportunity to learn about research methods and practices at the same time as developing your knowledge and understanding of Physics and/or Astrophysics.
  • extra-Curricular Activities. You can get involved in all the Student Union activity clubs and societies, and develop a range of skills that employers value.
  • career-related vacation work will enhance your future employment prospects. In addition, it offers other advantages such as finding out whether you really like a particular kind of work or company before you graduate. Work experience helps you get more out of your degree. It gives you a chance to see how your courses are relevant to the world of work, and can motivate the work you do at University.

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