In addition to the wide range of internships opportunities available centrally through the University, Physics and Astronomy students currently have the opportunity to take part in dedicated schemes within the School.

SEPnet summer placements

Exclusive work placements for School of Physics and Astronomy students

In 2016, 21 School of Physics and Astronomy students took advantage of the exclusive work placements organised through SEPnet. 83 placements were made available to students across the nine SEPnet partner universities. These placements are co-ordinated by the School’s own SEPnet placement co-ordinator, who also provides support to students in applying.

Participating companies included 34 small-medium enterprises operating in industries such as technology, energy and defence. In addition, 48 companies operating in industries such as aerospace, engineering and research also offered an internship as part of the scheme.

100% of SEPnet interns said their internship has helped their career prospects (source SEPnet student survey, 2014)


Case study: From SEPnet placement to Graduate Scheme.

2016 graduate Kris Statham had undertaken a SEPnet placement at Ultra Electronics last year. 

He was invited to apply for the company’s graduate scheme, and succeeded in securing a graduate position.


In a survey of students undertaking internships,

100% of SEPnet interns said their internship has helped their career prospects

(source SEPnet student survey, 2014).


Research internships

The School will offer approximately seven funded internships for the summer of 2017. These internships have a bursary of £1,400 which covers approximately 6 weeks of research working at 20 hours a week.

Five of these internships are reserved exclusively for students from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary. Two of the funded internship places can be allocated to students from outside Queen Mary providing they have excellent academic credentials.

For external candidates, preference will be given to students aiming to undertake a PhD after their undergraduate programme. Students who are interested in applying for a research 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 then send the academic 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 research internships on the basis of academic merit and the School decides on the internship allocation straight after the exam board meeting in June, with candidates normally chosen in rank order. External applicants should send a copy of their transcript with their application. Students will find out whether their application has been successful by the end of June. Priority for internships is given to second years and third year MSci students.


Skinakas observatory placement

BSc/MSci Astrophysics Students who perform at a very high standard in their undergraduate examinations will have the opportunity to undertake a summer research project during the summer of their final year at the Skinakas Observatory on the island of Crete. Read more on the dedicated page.

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.