What will I gain from my subject?
The skills and experience you develop through your Physics degree and extra-curricular experiences are highly valued by employers, and crucial to your effective contribution in the workplace. You will be able to solve commercial, industrial and scientific problems, research and present potential solutions logically and with clarity, apply theory and concepts to a variety of contexts.
What can I do with my subject?
There are a great many possibilities open to graduates, and a Physics degree can be applied to a wide range of possibilities. For example, many Physics graduates consider roles in sectors such as Engineering, Space, Research and more.
The specific skills gained by Physics students such as laboratory work, technical expertise, paper-writing and research, are highly sought after by employers. Some students and graduates specialise in a specific subject through postgraduate study to further enhance their knowledge and expertise, while others move into graduate employment.
- The TARGETjobs website has a section on career options with different degrees, which is worth a look.
What help is available?
The Careers Service offers a range of services including Drop-in, Guidance Appointments, Workshops, Career literature and more. For more information visit How we can help. In addition to the range of services we offer in the Careers Service, as Computer Science students you will also have access to services within your department including Careers Education sessions, departmental drop-ins, CV clinics.
Find out what physics graduates and postgraduates say about Aberystwyth University, the course/s they studied and what they're doing now by reading our graduate profiles.
Where do I start looking for work experience and graduate jobs?
Below is a list of resources which provide a good starting point when searching for work experience and graduate work related to your degree.
- Astronomy Technology Centre
- BAE Systems
- Bright Recruits
- British Antarctic Survey
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory-DSTL
- EDF Energy
- Government Statistical Service
- Internships for PhD students
- Inside careers
- National Physical Laboratory
- New Scientist
- Science and Technology Facilities Council
- Science Careers
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network
- Space Careers
- Space Job Market
- Institute of Physics
- Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
- Royal Astronomical Society
- Society for Radiological Protection
- Society of Exploration Geophysicists
What do Aber graduates do?
You will find below some examples of jobs that our physics graduates have gone into, along with a list of employers employing these graduates:
- Actuary Analyst
- Administration Officer
- Air Pilot
- Algorithms and Electro-Optics Engineer
- Associate Patent Examiner
- Data Analyst
- Graduate Physicist
- Health Physicist
- Laboratory Technician
- Marketing and Sales Adviser
- Naval Systems Engineer
- PhD Research Student
- Post Doctoral Scholar
- Production Technician
- Project Coordinator
- Project Engineer
- Publishing Editor
- Research Assistant
- Research Associate
- Research Scientist
- Research Technician
- Web Developer
Examples of employers that Aberystwyth physics graduates and postgraduates have gone to work for:
- CEAM, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Enterprise Connect
- Hargreaves Lansdown
- Intellectual Property Office
- Ministry of Defence
- Newbury Electronics
- Office for National Statistics
- Secondary School
- Thermo Electron Corporation
- Various other Higher Education Establishments