Careers and Employability Service

What can I do with my degree in Physics, Astrophysics and Space Science?

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The Careers and Employability Service provides information and advice on job searching to University of Kent students and recent graduates. This includes a vacancy database advertising a range of graduate jobs, sandwich placements and vacation work/internships and online resources. These websites may be useful in job searching and for providing further information on jobs and careers specifically related to Accounting and Finance.

Nuclear Energy

The nuclear energy industry recruits large numbers of physicists. See our energy industry page for full details of jobs and employers.

Trident Nuclear Submarines

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) supplies and maintains the warheads for the submarines. Other players are the Ministry of Defence, BAe Systems, Babcock and Rolls Royce

Nuclear and Alternative Energy Recruiters


Radio, optoelectronic and microwave communication are all important here, and there are jobs with both equipment manufacturers and suppliers of services.

Computing and IT

A popular area for electronics graduates. Although it has been badly hit by the downturn in the American economy, there are still substantial numbers of jobs here. Employers include:

Defence (overlaps with communications)


This includes designing advanced instrumentation/microprocessor controls, integrated circuits and semiconductor materials, also glass technology and metallurgy.



This involves the development and use of novel nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes which have the potential to revolutionise fields such as high power batteries, drug delivery, solar cells and computers.

  • Institute of Nanotechnology
    • M. Res Nanomaterials - Imperial College. 8 to 12 EPSRC funded plus several industrially funded studentships available
    • MSc Nanoscale Science and Technology - University of Leeds/
    • MSc Nanophysics and Low Temperature Physics, Royal Holloway, London


Ergonomists may have qualifications in psychology, science, engineering, design or anatomy. 
MSc Ergonomics - Loughborough University

See the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors for further information

Detailed descriptions of many science and non-science jobs can be found at Prospects Web 

Other employers of physics graduates include:

  • Ultra Electronics group of specialist businesses designing, manufacturing and supporting electronic and electro-mechanical systems, sub-systems and products for defence, security, transport and energy applications worldwide.
  • Fraser Nash Consultancy systems and engineering technology organisation with 400 permanent employees Provide advice to customers in the defence, nuclear, power & energy, civil aerospace, rail, marine, petrochemical and industrial sectors.


Astronomy and Space Science Links

Space Science Sites



General Physics Links

  • The Institute of Physics Membership for physics students is free throughout the duration of their course. http://brightrecruits.comInstitute of Physics site which offers a range of opportunities for jobseekers with a background in physics or engineering. At all stages of your career - whether you're an undergraduate, graduate, researcher or industry professional.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council largest funding body for postgraduate study in science.
  • Gradcracker Science Vacancies  excellent source of jobs for physics graduates
  • Inside Careers   Patent Agency Careers Information
  • Physics World has a physics jobs section


More websites offering graduate jobs, internships and placement years

You may also find useful reviews and application/interview tips for specific organisations on the following websites:
The Job Crowd


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019