Employability and transferable skills

Studying Physics at Swansea University will give you detailed insight into the fundamental laws underlying all of Nature - from quantum mechanics, describing quarks and gluons, to Einstein's theory of gravity, relevant for the Universe on cosmological scales.  

Along the way you will learn a number of indispensable skills for life, which will make you well prepared for what comes after graduation.  

Our physics students excel in:  

  • Problem solving - studying physics gives you a pragmatic and analytical approach to problem solving. You break down tasks to basic elements and use imagination and creativity to solve challenging problems.      
  • Reasoning - you are trained in constructing logical arguments, applying analytical skills and grasping complex problems.      
  • Numeracy - you will be highly skilled in employing mathematics to solve scientific problems, create mathematical models and interpret and present information graphically.      
  • Practical skills - during lab sessions and in project work you plan, execute and report on experiments, using advanced technical equipment. Attention to detail is crucial.      
  • Communication - tutorials, joint practical work and final-year presentations will teach you to communicate complex ideas and use technical language correctly and efficiently.      
  • Information and communication technology  - the use of computers and digital tools, with highly specialized software packages, is fully integrated, and access to high-performance computing resources is provided.  
  • You will become skilled in both independent and teamwork.  A proper organisation of your time, with continuous assessment throughout the terms and examination twice a year, is indispensable.

Physics graduates have a wide range of job opportunities. Employers include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry, including aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas, science, communication, space exploration and telecommunications.  Many physics graduates pursue a career outside of physics, e.g. in consultancy, IT, the environmental industry, financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities.

SEA logo‌The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) was created to give all students easy access to a comprehensive employability programme. Working closely with the Careers Service, SEA is committed to improve all elements of student employability, from timetabled careers sessions and fairs, delivery of the SEA award, the WOW and SPIN placement programmes through to events like the dedicated employability week activity, ongoing scheduled employer events, talks and seminar sessions. Whenever you see this logo across campus you know an employability event, workshop or employer talk is taking place which you can attend.


"Definitely do it. It’s easy to apply and you may gain some invaluable skills and experience. You have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.” L Vaughan, 2nd year student, WOW placement 2015.


“I learnt more about teamwork and data collection in the real world… I would advise new students to apply.” M Langley, 2nd year student, SPIN placement 2015.               


"Santander Universities SME Internship Programme is an amazing scheme. Having Santander add their weight to supporting graduates to get real world experience is adding real benefits to students at Swansea University." Adam Curtis, CEO at Hoowla & Co-Founder of TechHub, a Swansea SME.

Key points


Graduate Destinations

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Research Associate (University College London)
  • Demand Forecaster (First Utility)
  • Graduate Manager (Lloyds Banking Group)
  • Trainee Clinical Scientist (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Electromagnetic Signature Analyst (Quinetiq)
  • Recruitment Consultant (M D L Howarth Ltd)
  • Cost Draftsman (Asons Solicitors)
  • Trainee (FDM Group)
  • Patent Examiner (Intellectual Property Office)
  • Engineer (British Nuclear Fuels)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Physics at Imperial College London
  • Aerospace Engineer (General Dynamics UK)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Semiconductor Lasers,
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Regional Sales Manager (Newport Corporation)
  • Research Fellow (National Physical Laboratory)
  • Software Engineer (Logica)

Graduate quote

"The photonics industry requires a keen understanding of technologies and optics as well as determining our clients needs and requirements. Swansea University prepared me for my role by offering high quality and up-to-date optics and laser modules. In addition to this analytical problem solving skills, developed from independent study and group tuition meetings, help to concisely discuss customer applications and cutting edge research" -Toby Scrivener, Field Sales Support Engineer at Laser 2000.

Find out more

To find out more about the Employability support on offer here at Swansea University, please the SEA academy website for information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/employability-academy/