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%
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Due to start work||1%|
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.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
|Finance and insurance||4|
|Other sectors (21 sectors)||32|
Employers and occupations
Examples of employers
- BAE Systems
- Canada Life
- Babcock International
- National Physical Laboratory
Examples of occupations
- Graduate Software Engineer
- Graduate Engineer
- Assistant Research Scientist
- Strategy Analyst
- Research Scientist
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).
|Qualification type||Number of graduates|
|Postgraduate research degree||14|
|Postgraduate taught degree||16|
|No qualification aim||0|
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