Work Experience

Thinking of working in Physics research? Not sure but want to see what it is like?Work Experience is available alongside our world-class researchers for KS4 and KS5 students at some of the SEPnet partners. Each University has their own selection procedures, but we encourage students to apply early in the year to avoid disappointment.

University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences Laboratory Work Experience
Ages: 15+
Time of year: End of June / Beginning of July
How to apply: Contact Dr Dave Pickup.
Advice: Please apply early in the academic year to avoid disappointment.

University of Portsmouth, Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation, Year 10 Work Experience Week
Ages: Year 10
Time of year: One week in June or July
How to apply: More details available here.
Advice: We especially encourage applications from students who aren’t sure that a career in science is for them, but are interested in exploring their options.

Queen Mary Univeristy of London, School of Physics and Astronomy, Year 10-11 Work Experience
Ages: KS4
Time of year: Last week in July
How to apply: Applications open in March and close in early-to-mid April.
This programme gives budding Year 10 and 11 physicists a first-hand experience of carrying out research in our department, during a week-long placement. You will chose from a number of key research questions, working with current undergraduates to develop your own novel research project. By the end of the week, you should be able to demonstrate practical research skills including data analysis, report writing and presenting results. The week will include interactive demonstrations and talks from our academics and research students, ensuring that you will gain an authentic insight into the world of university physics research. Please note we are unable to guarantee everyone a placement.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Work experience in Physics
Ages: KS4 / KS5
Time of year: From June until August
How to apply: Contact Dr Elisabetta Canetta.
Advice: This work experience scheme is aimed at KS4 and KS5 students who have a keen interest in physics and are thinking about studying physics at university.
The Applied Physics Department at St Mary’s University welcomes KS4 and KS5 students to spend one week with our Applied Physics team and experience what being a physicist is like day-to-day.