Helping you to recruit talented physics students

Introduction                  Physics Professional Placements              University Careers Service

The School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top Physics departments in the world, ranked 13th since 2012 according to the Academic Ranking in World Universities. Our top rankings in teaching and research attract the best students, entering with a minimum of 3 A-levels at A*AA – A*A*A.


Our School graduates over 210 undergraduate students each year with BSc and MPhys degrees, as well as postgraduate students with MSc and PhD degrees across all our research areas.

Providing summer or longer term intern positions is an ideal way to for potential future employers to interact with our students as well as provide them with experience in a business, industrial or research environment.

If you have intern positions to offer or would like to explore other options, or are interested in recruiting our students, please contact the School's Technology Translation Fellow, Dr Alick Deacon.

Physics Professional Placements

Our students are able to undertake an industrial work placement in the final year of their four-year MPhys Physics degree. The placement will contribute 50% towards their final-year mark.

What work can a student do?

Our students are equipped to work in a wide range of environments and will adapt quickly to your workplace. They can undertake a particular role or tackle a specific project; whichever meets your business or organisational need.

You will be taking on a physicist already trained to (BSc) graduate level. They will have advanced analytic and problem-solving skills, as well as extensive laboratory and programming experience. Our students have also been given professional skills training including report writing, oral presentations and interviews.

Students may embark on physics-related placements suitable for a physics graduate. Examples may include the design or testing of new instrumentation, the development of new software used to model a complex problem, or more generally, a project where specific physics knowledge is required.

Student availability

Students are available to start work as soon as they complete their third-year exams in late June 2014. We can advertise your opportunity as soon as you know you would like to recruit one of our students. 
Students can work in full-time positions for between 3 and 6 months. The placement must last a minimum of 12 weeks and the assessed component takes place between September-December. It should also finish by the end of December so that the student can return to the University to complete their final year studies.


Salary is commensurate with the level of skill required and the location. Typically, salaries range from £12k - £17k pa/pro-rata, or an equivalent hourly rate.

Our support

We will gladly talk through your ideas and help you shape your job description or project outline; we have plenty of experience writing adverts for all kinds of organisations.

On receipt of your job/project description, we will advertise to our students. We can provide recruitment support by collecting applications on your behalf and we can assist with the interview arrangements.

The School will assign an academic mentor to each placement student, in addition to the placement supervisor provided by your organisation. The mentor will make frequent contact with the student and visit the site (if UK-based) during the placement.

For more information or to advertise your placement, contact the Physics placements organiser:

Dr Scott Kay
+44 (0)161 275 4166

University careers service


Alternatively, you can contact the University Career Service. Rated as the UK's number one Careers Service by employers for the past four years, and part of the Careers and Employability Division, it offers a range of activities to connect students and employers.

These include:


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