Helping you to recruit talented Physics students

The School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top Physics departments in the world, ranked 13th in 2013 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*A*A-A*AA

Physics Professional Placements

Our students are able to undertake a short 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:
Physics placements organiser: Dr Scott Kay
Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 4166

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