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School of Physics and Astronomy

Careers and employability

Kick start your career with physics

We're here to support you in preparing for your future not only academically but also in terms of skills and experiences to boost your employability.

Schemes and support available include:

Exclusive internships to help you develop insights into professional life and grow your network

Tailored support from specialist member of staff

Workshops, programmes and events 

Build transferrable skills and represent the subject as a Physics ambassador

Where will physics take me? 

Careers available to physics graduates include finance, technology, software development, marketing, media production, medicine and management consultancy to name a few. The starting salary of physics graduates is consistently significantly higher than the national average.

A recent report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggested that physics was in the top 10 degree subjects (out of the 27 in the study) for the positive impact on early-career earnings of graduates.

The Institute of Physics has more guidance on careers available to physics graduates.

Graduates from the School of Physics and Astronomy go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some transfer skills gained during study into areas such as finance or IT. Other graduates continue to a higher degree such as a PhD or MSc, often as a precursor to a career in physics research. 

You will graduate with an impressive array of skills including:

  • high-level numeracy and data analysis skills
  • excellent IT and coding expertise
  • problem-solving skills
  • reporting and communication skills
  • practical laboratory skills. 

An Institute of Physics in 2012 showed that

physics graduates in employment earned 14% more than the average graduate salary.


Find out what our graduates do next.

Read profiles of recent graduates. 


The School for Physics and Astronomy is a partner institution of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network. Our membership of the network gives our students access to a range of internships and employability initiatives, many of which are detailed on the QMUL Jobs Blog.

The network also provides technical and transferrable skills training for our PhD students and resources for physics outreach.