5 reasons to study physics at Bath

There are lots of reasons to study physics at Bath. Here are our top 5.

1. Learn exciting physics and make a difference

You'll discover things that could be used for future technologies or saving lives.


Learn about nano-engines and organic electronics, investigate graphene properties, study planets and galaxies and understand the structure and evolution of the Universe.

What our students say

Current students talk about what it's like to study at Bath and the projects they've worked on during the course.


2. Paid work placement

Improve your employability with a year-long work placement.


Over half of our students go on a placement as part of their degree.

We have 50 years of experience offering placements and links with some of the industry’s leading companies and research institutes. Recent employers include:

  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council
  • BAE Systems
  • EDF Energy
  • Rolls Royce

We can't guarantee places, but our specialist placements team offers dedicated support when you're looking for a placement and throughout your placement year.

Many of our placements are paid, so you could also earn a valuable income to top up your student budget.

Portrait of Rebecca Lane
‘The highlight of my placement was co-authoring my first scientific paper presented at an international underwater defence conference.’
Rebecca Lane BSc Mathematics and Physics including placement year (2018)

3. Taught by researchers in top facilities

You'll be taught by active researchers who specialise in different areas of physics.


You'll be taught by academics who are also active researchers. There'll be opportunities for you to engage with departmental research from early on in the course.

Our research covers a wide spectrum of activities, from fundamental physics to technological applications. It is organised into the following research groups and centres:

You'll choose a final year project in one of these areas and will be working closely with an active researcher in the field.

Take a look around our undergraduate teaching lab

Used by first and second year students to carry out a wide variety of physics and electronics experiments and for project work by final year students.


4. Excellent job prospects

Our graduates go on to a diverse and interesting range of careers.


We're ranked top ten for graduate prospects for physics and astronomy in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Our graduates have gone to a wide range of careers including scientific research and development, engineering, telecommunications, banking, finance, meteorology, oil, gas and space exploration.

Recent employers include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Barclays
  • Deloitte
  • Vodafone
  • Dyson
  • Renishaw

Many also go on to postgraduate study in preparation for academic or industry-based research careers.


5. Highly ranked course and university

We are a top 10 UK university with a reputation for research and teaching excellence.


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