Physics graduate destinations

Physics graduates move into a variety of fields where their combination of analytical, research, team working, problem solving, numerical, IT knowledge and communication skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Physics courses (BSc and MSci), including those with industrial experience or study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 120 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 81.6%

Sector information

Examples of regular recruitment sectors include actuarial work, operational research, government statistical and security services, engineering, management consultancy, IT, investment banking, financial modelling, accountancy and teaching.

Around 70% of all graduate vacancies don't ask for specific degree subjects and Physics graduates will also therefore find openings in fields unrelated to their degree. Bristol Physics graduates have entered a whole spectrum of careers from filmmaking and journalism to marketing and the civil service.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • BAE Systems
  • Canada Life
  • Babcock International
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • KPMG

Examples of occupations

  • Graduate Software Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Research Scientist

Further study

Higher degrees undertaken by 2016/17 graduates include Physics (MSc), Nuclear Science and Engineering (MSc) and International Development (MSc). In addition, three graduates were undertaking study towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

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What are my options with my degree?

Case Study Kit MacInnes-ManbyWhile my current position isn't directly linked to my degree, I gained many transferable skills and would not have been able to get the job without it. The reputation of Bristol is also a plus as I think many employers do consider where you studied after you have met the mandatory grade they expect.
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Kit, Cost Transformation Analyst, BT plc (BSc Physics, 2011)

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