A fundamental understanding of the wide range of core and specialised physics topics will make you highly employable. You can apply this knowledge directly at graduation to a range of careers including scientific research, defence, medical physics, energy or telecommunications. Alternatively, you can combine this physics expertise with other skills to work in careers such as science communication, patent law or teaching. The physics courses at Birmingham are all accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP) so employers are confident in our graduates’ scientific knowledge.
Mathematics is the language of physics, so as one of our graduates, you will be an excellent mathematician as well. Many graduates decide to apply this mathematical understanding to careers outside of physics, in sectors including meteorology, statistics or financial services.
Physicists are problem solvers at heart and throughout your degree you will learn how to tackle a variety of problems and develop the breadth of understanding to apply this to many different areas. Because of this, employers from a wide range of industries wish to employ physics graduates for their analytical skills. You might end up working in operational research, business or consultancy.
You will gain a firm grasp of programming during the first two years of your physics degree and if you have a particular interest in this area, you can choose projects and modules based on data analysis, simulation or numerical studies that allow these skills to be developed further. Many of our graduates are employed in careers that depend on computing skills such as software engineering or data analysis.
As well as all of these specific skills, our graduates are equipped with a variety of transferable knowledge, ensuring that you will be highly employable whichever field you enter. For example, writing reports, essays and presenting in seminars develops evaluation and communication skills. The project work you will undertake demonstrates organisation, planning and teamwork.