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What job will I get?

Physics is at the heart of many major and growing industries, from computing and nanotechnology, to renewable energy and space exploration. The specialist knowledge and practical skills that our students get from their degrees has helped them find jobs at organisations such as Rolls Royce, Toshiba, CERN, BAE Systems and the National Space Agency.

Many of our students continue their studies by doing a PhD or other postgraduate training, so they can pursue a career in academia or research. They can also apply their skills outside of science, in areas such as teaching, charity work, sales, marketing, accountancy and management.

Postgraduate study

If you're interested in continuing to study physics and astronomy, we run masters courses in biological imaging, quantum technology and particle physics. We also have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.

Postgraduate study in physics and astronomy

Applying science

Ed Williamson

During the summer of 2014 I gained work experience developing the second year physics laboratory at the University of Sheffield... After accepting my current job, I was later told that these experiences made my CV really stand out from other applicants.

Ed Williamson
Research Engineer
Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear  READ MORE

Further study

Evelyn Johnston

I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to carry out my research project while working as a student support astronomer at the Isaac Newton Telescope in La Palma. This position gave me my first opportunity to experience life as an astronomer at an observatory.

Evelyn Johnston
Research Fellow
European Southern Observatory, Chile  READ MORE


Christopher Anderson


My degree prepared me for my career by developing my abilities in critical thinking and by helping me understand the fundamentals of how the world works... The ability to logically process and understand difficult concepts, which was incubated during my time at the University of Sheffield, has proven invaluable.

Christopher Anderson, Trainee Patent Attorney, Gill Jennings and Every LLP  READ MORE

Support while you study

As a physics and astronomy student, you'll get lots of support to help you work out what you want to do after graduation, and the steps you need to take to get there. We host weekly careers talks, plus one-to-one careers advice sessions.

As part of the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy, we can set up collaborations between our students and industrial partners. By giving you hands-on experience of research and development projects with industry, WRIPA can help you get more skills and experience for your CV, and expand your career opportunities. We've also hosted the biggest specialist physics careers fair in the UK, in conjunction with WRIPA – students met staff from more than 40 companies.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to physics and astronomy students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. Schemes such as the 301 Academic Skills Certificate will help you show employers that you're ready for the world of work. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate.

Careers Service

Degree with Employment Experience

Isabelle Gessey took her placement with the Science and Technology Facilities Council at Daresbury Laboratory, a government scientific research company where a new particle accelerator is being built.

I really feel like I am contributing to the scientific community – particularly as there is an opportunity for me to present my work at an international accelerator conference in Copenhagen.

Isabelle Gessey, MPhysics Physics and Astrophysics with Employment Experience  READ MORE

Careers guide for physicists

We've produced this careers guide for physicists as part of the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy. Inside, you'll find lots of information about where a physics degree can take you, and advice on getting your first graduate job.