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PhysicsStudy opportunities

Study abroad

Physics students have the opportunity to spend an academic year or a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions.

For EU countries, students study under the Erasmus programme. We also have partnerships with many universities in North America, Canada and the rest of the world under the Student Exchange Programme.

See our students' blog to read more about their experiences.

Industrial internships and placements

Based on the REF 2014 GPA Scores, Times Higher Education ranked Strathclyde as number one in the UK for physics research.

Many start-up companies and small and medium enterprises in Scotland owe their existence to physics-based ideas. Students have the chance to undertake an industrial placement outwith term time. These placements are offered on a competitive basis.

I chose to do an internship at Diamond Light Source this summer so I can apply the knowledge and the techniques that I have learned in the classroom to ‘real-world’ problems. The internship focuses on the structural analysis of protein molecules; and I am involved in the set-up and use of the beam line.

Oliver Hay, fifth year MPhys student, 2013

Interns@Strathclyde and scholarships

A range of other competitive scholarships are also offered, including the University's Interns@Strathclyde, Carnegie and EPSRC schemes. These allow undergraduate students to gain experience of research projects in department labs.

This year I chose to do a summer research project so that I could start to get a feel for what a PhD would be like and I have loved it. I have really enjoyed learning independently and being able to get to know members of the department. I would strongly recommend it to anyone as it gives you a taste for research work and lets you put theory into practice.

Patrick Bevington, third year MPhys student, 2013