Careers, Summer Research Internships and Employer Placements

Research Internships

The School normally has a number of paid internships available each summer.  Students who are interested in applying for an internship should firstly look at staff research interests on the School website.  After finding a topic of interest students should contact the relevant academic to ask if they have any research opportunities for interns.  The student should include an up to date CV and a statement detailing their interest in their chosen research area.  If the academic supports the application they will submit it to Lucie Bone, Student Support Officer, with a short statement confirming their support.  Students are chosen for internships on the basis of academic merit and the Physics and Astronomy Examination Board decides on the internship allocation at its meeting in June.  Students will find out whether their application has been successful by the end of June each year.

SEPnet summer employer and research placements

The South East Physics network SEPnet, of which QM is a partner, offers paid summer placements with a wide variety of employers, as well as summer research internships with other partners in the network (Royal Holloway, Sussex, Southampton, Kent and Surrey). For further information on these and closing dates please contact Lucie Bone. See also the SEPnet website.Case studies and further information are in this booklet.

General Information

The University of London Careers Advisory Service is available to all students and graduates of the College. The task of its professional advisers is to help students choose a career, to assist them to present themselves favourably to prospective employers, to liaise with employers of graduates and to provide facilities for employer/student interviews.

The Careers Advisory Service is located in the Queens' Building room WG3 (020 7882 5065) and is open from 09.30 to 17.00, Monday to Thursday, and 14.00 to 17.00 on Friday, during term time. It can be contacted by e-mail at careers@qmul.ac.uk. Times may differ during the vacations so check before traveling. Students are strongly advised to contact the Careers Advisory Service early in their second year, to familiarise themselves with the facilities available and to arrange a preliminary interview. The Careers Information Room houses a comprehensive collection of information covering such areas as possible employers, recruitment interviews (at appropriate times of the year) and careers seminars. Numerous vacancies are also advertised individually or in bulletins produced by the University of London Careers Advisory Service Central Office.

The Careers Liaison Officer of the School is Dr S. Ramgoolam. He is responsible for ensuring that students are informed about careers opportunities, vacancies and research studentships. The Student Support Officer Lucie Bone coordinates a number of careers initiatives and events for students and can be approached informally at any time with enquiries. From time to time Careers Advisors visit the School to give talks or to run careers sessions. Students can also ask the teaching laboratory technicians as they hold various Careers-related material.

Module Selection and Career Prospects

In planning their programmes of study, students are advised to keep their eventual careers in mind. Around one third of our graduates go on to higher degrees, taking a Masters or PhD. This opens up higher level careers in research, academic work, and business. A good BSc or MSci degree in Physics is widely respected by employers and graduates rapdily find employment and career progression in area such as finance, teaching, management, instrumentation (sensors, interfacing, control), telecommunications, IT, computer software and hardware, materials (from transistors to magnetic materials), commerce and management.

Although it is not essential that a student takes every module appropriate to his or her eventual career, a general familiarity with the area can greatly help at interviews.

Juno Champion

The school holds Juno Champion status, the highest award of this IoP scheme to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.