Careers

Why Study Physics or Astrophysics?

Your scientific training will equip you with an understanding of mathematics, physical principles and techiniques, as well as tranferable skills in analysis, rational argument and innovative prolem solving. Surveys by the Institute of Physics indicate that physicists' versatility is welcomed by a wider range of professions than any other subject.

Around half our graduates choose to pursue further study for an MSc or PhD. A PhD opens up the possibility of an academic or research career in a university or research insitute. Alternatively, like many of our graduates, you may consider employment in research, design, development, computing, finance, marketing and insurance industries, among others.

Have a look at what UCL Physics graduates go on to do.

Careers Events

In addition to the regular Careers events held throughout the year by UCL Careers, open to all UCL students, the Department of Physics organise specific careers talks for its students. These are designed jointly between the Department of Physics and UCL Careers, and delivered by the Physics Careers Consultant, Katie Bisaro.

Event Date(2016-17) Details
Talk: ‘How to not completely fail an interview (or assessment centre)’ Monday 14th November, 5.30-6.30pm For 3rd Year and PGT Physics students Location TBC
Talk: ‘How to find an internship and/or find a PHD’ Tuesday November 15th  1-2pm (PHAS2901 lecture 6) Open to all Second Year Physics students. Location TBC
Talk: ‘How to get your CV & Cover Letter noticed Tuesday November 22nd, 1-2pm (PHAS2901 lecture 7) Open to all Second Year Physics students Location TBC
Student drop-ins with Physics Careers Consultant Wednesday 30th November 13:00-15:00 Thursday 1st December 14:00-16:00 Open to all Physics students. Sessions will be available for booking in advance Location TBC
UCL Physics Alumni Forum February 2017 –date tbc Open to all Physics students. This event brings together UCL Physics alumni from a range of organisations, giving students the chance to hear their stories and ask questions of the panel and individuals Location TBC

Career Ideas

There are a huge range of jobs open to you as shown by surveys from the Institute of Physics which indicate that physicists’ versatility is welcomed by a wider range of professions than any other subject.

  • Have a look at what UCL Physics graduates go on to do
  • UCL Careers has lots of resources to help you plan your career in addition to listings of all their careers events to help you decide. You also have the opportunity to make an appointment to discuss options with their trained career consultants.
  • To get some more ideas about possible careers come along to the Physics Alumni evening in February 2017 
  • The Institute of Physics website has lots of useful information about different career fields including renewable energy, space exploration industries, meteorology, oil and gas, education and others, plus general tips for getting a head with a degree in physics

Finding a job/internship/work experience

  • To find the jobs/internships currently listed by the UCL Careers service go to: https://jobonline.thecareersgroup.co.uk/ucl/student/Vacancies.aspx and filter by ‘science’, with the option to also filter by ‘internship’.
  • Some ideas for places you could apply for jobs or internships are given here (pdf)
  • Finally, UCL Careers runs a shortlisting service called UCL Careers Talent Bank that can connect you directly to small and medium-sized companies – upload your CV and be considered for internships and graduate jobs, some that are exclusive only to UCL students

Preparing for job applications/interviews

  • In second year you will write a CV in the Developing Effective Communications module. This should be discussed with your personal tutor, and you can also make an appointment to have it checked by the UCL careers service.
  • The UCL careers service also has one-to- one appointments available for advice on applications, assessment centres, changing course, interview practice and more