Physics careers

Laser Laboratory

Physics is the basis for many areas in engineering and technology. A degree in physics opens up a wide range of career opportunities. 

Below are some examples of roles and companies that our graduates have taken up employment with:

  • Physicist, Schlumberger
  • Systems Engineer, Leonardo
  • R&D specialist, Coherent Inc.
  • Medical Physicist at Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Teacher, St Columbas High School, Fife
  • Sales Engineer, Melles-Griot Ltd
  • Statistician, NHS Scotland
  • Marketing for Casio Electronics

Inspired by the research experience gained in final year projects, many of which make use of our state-of-the-art laboratories, a substantial fraction of our graduates choose to continue their professional development by undertaking further postgraduate study. This can take the form of a vocational MSc degree or a research intensive PhD doctoral programme. 

Read more about our alumni and how their experience at Heriot-Watt University helped them succeed in their career paths.