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School of Maths and Physics

This is the careers advice page for the School of Maths and Physics. Information for Maths will be listed first.
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Maths

Studying maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors. There are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide.

Prospects Options with Maths degree

Top Universities options with Maths

Target Jobs Options with Maths

You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:

What Do Graduates Do?

Job Search

There are a large number of companies that Maths graduates, some large, multinational companies and some smaller regional companies. Some companies recruit through their own websites so it is helpful to start by highlighting some relevant companies that you may be interested in and search their career pages on their websites for their opportunities. Here you can find sites that will support you with finding roles and who recruit Maths graduates:

Employers

Before starting your job search, identify the industries in which you would like to enter. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. Below are some examples of employers who employ Maths Graduates-  

  • the NHS
  • local and central government
  • educational establishments
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • IT companies
  • engineering companies
  • insurance companies
  • market research and marketing companies
  • finance, banking and accountancy firms

Graduate Scheme Options

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation.  They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation over a specialist route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline.

Equality and Diversity Initiatives

Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school.   

Pride in STEM – their goal is to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in science, technology, engineering and maths/medicine (STEM) as well as to highlight the struggles LGBTSTEM people often face. They aim to “queer up science spaces” and to “science up queer spaces”.

BBSTEM– aims to inspire the young Black British generation to pursue STEM subjects in university and beyond.

STEMM Disability Advisory Committee- Providing support across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine
 for disabled workers, current and aspiring disabled students and their teachers.

WISE– enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in maths, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat. 

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Physics

A physics degree is a great starting point for a career in scientific research, as well as in a range of careers in the business, finance, IT and engineering sectors. There are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the link below may help you to decide.

What can I do with a Physics degree?

Career Options

Job search

There are a large number of companies that Physics graduates can apply to, some large, multinational companies and some smaller regional companies. Some companies recruit through their own websites so it is helpful to start by highlighting some relevant companies that you may be interested in and search their career pages on their websites for their opportunities. Here you can find sites that will support you with finding roles and who recruit Physics graduates:

Employers

Before starting your job search, identify the industries in which you would like to enter. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. Below are some examples of employers who employ Physics Graduates: 

  • aerospace and defence
  • education
  • energy and renewable energy
  • engineering
  • health and medicine
  • instrumentation
  • manufacturing
  • meteorology and climate change
  • nanotechnology
  • oil and gas
  • science and telecommunications

Personal development

There are many sites that can support you with your personal development at the start of your career and also during your career journey, look at their sites to see how you can develop professionally:

Graduate Scheme Options

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation. They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation over a specialist route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline.

Equality and Diversity Initiatives

Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school.   

Pride in STEM – their goal is to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in science, technology, engineering and maths/medicine (STEM) as well as to highlight the struggles LGBTSTEM people often face. They aim to “queer up science spaces” and to “science up queer spaces”.

BBSTEM– aims to inspire the young Black British generation to pursue STEM subjects in university and beyond.

STEMM Disability Advisory Committee- Providing support across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine
 for disabled workers, current and aspiring disabled students and their teachers.

WISE– enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in physics, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat. 

Book an Appointment