Physicists are trained to solve a wide range of problems. That’s why graduates have gone on to explore careers in such diverse areas such as Telecommunications; Microelectronics; Nuclear Power and Instrumentation; Cryogenics; Astronomy; Geophysics Medical Physics; Materials Science; Computing; Teaching; Business; Finance and Management. Physics graduates are currently among those earning the highest starting salaries in the UK, according to latest figures, and our graduates enjoy excellent opportunities for careers in research, industry, computing, teaching, business and finance.
Work experience opportunities
For those who are studying Physics on our Masters programme (F303) there will be opportunities to carry out summer work at an international research laboratory. This typically takes place during the summer break between your third and fourth year.
The results obtained during your summer project will be brought back to Liverpool for a project report with a member of staff as your advisor and may form the basis for a more detailed project in your fourth year. Laboratories with which we have a close research relationship include TRIUMF in Vancouver, CERN in Geneva, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble and the Cockcroft Institute at the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington.
Thanks to the reputation of our Department, our graduates enjoy unusually good opportunities to go on to postgraduate study, particularly in the fields of Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Nanoscience and Energy. The Department is very well funded, and currently enjoys a high research income from the Research Councils in the UK. As a consequence, there are excellent opportunities for our undergraduates to study for research degrees and there are exceptional facilities at their disposal.
Qualifying you for life
The skills you will develop are highly valued by employers, such as a practical approach to problem solving, strong powers of analysis, numeracy, good IT skills and the ability to communicate well. At the University of Liverpool, we ensure our students graduate with the skills employers need. Our Stakeholders Group, formed of strong industry leaders, advises on all relevant aspects and entrepreneurship is introduced as a key skills through project work.
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Many skills I developed as part of my Physics degree help me enormously in my day-to-day activities. In addition to core numeracy and analytical skills, other skills I use include the ability to draw conclusions and make decisions, communication with people from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, IT skills, and the ability to write reports and make presentations. All of these skills were developed during my time at Liverpool.