Is physics the degree for me?

Physics is an exciting subject which focuses on studying the universe and the rules which determine how matter and energy behave - the forces of nature which shape our world. Physics is the foundation of other sciences, for example, oceanography, astrology and seismology, and graduates can choose from a wide range of careers.

Some courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics, others offer projects undertaken for industrial partners, still others include industrial placements and research internships.  Courses can include units on physical laws, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism  etc, and you will get the opportunity to learn about Higgs Bosun, black holes and the Big Bang , as well as hone your mathematical skills and conduct various experiments.

There are a number of joint degrees available, including physics and astrophysics and physics and particle physics and cosmology.

Key statistic:

Over 84 per cent of physics graduates are either in work or pursuing postgraduate degrees six months after finishing their course.

Top five graduate destinations:


Oil and gas industry

Environmental monitoring



Key areas of employment:

CAD technology



Science journalism

Medical physicist

Materials science



Nuclear engineering

Universities where you can study Physics:

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