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We will work together to help find placements and internships, which will help you gain valuable work experience and prepare you for life after graduation. On all programmes, you can experience a wide range of industrial and research placements. Gain international experience on our flagship degrees, build strong commercial links on our 12 month industrial placement or make the most of your summer break and take part in an eight-week paid internship as part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet).

SEPnet placements

As well as offering employment opportunities, these companies offer advice to our students about how to become more competitive in the work place.  SEPnet has a dedicated Careers Adviser who our students can liaise with. We work with SEPNet to offer our students the chance to attend ‘meet the employer’ days as well as careers talks with speakers from industry.

In previous years, students have been placed with: The National Physical Laboratory, BMW, The Meteorological Office, SELEX Galileo, QinetiQ, RAL Space, The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Read about our students experiences below:

Ashley Morahan, Adaptix Ltd

"A placement is a great way to learn about a field and help make decisions in future employment. It’s also an opportunity to live in a new area and meet new friends"

Andrew Cox, Phoenix Photonics

"Doing a placement is an excellent experience. I am considering taking another internship next year to see whether I enjoy working with lasers instead of fibres"

Matthew Abbott, Deimos Space UK

"Doing a placement was one of the best experience I have ever had. I met some great people, did some really interesting and stimulating work"

Flagship placements

Top students on our MPhys degrees have the chance to work on an exciting project locally or overseas. Relocate to Boston for your final year and work at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, or on our MPhys Particle Physics you could go to the world renowned CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva where scientists discovered the Higgs Boson! Interested in experimental work? Join one of our research groups to investigate a specific area or even publish your own a paper.

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