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Seven Reasons to Study Physics & Astronomy

For those considering a degree in this area but need further convincing, the Complete University Guide lends its expertise. Here are the top seven reasons to study a Physics or Astronomy degree:

1. Physics explains the world

Learn why the sky is blue. Find out why the world goes round. Discover why global warming will have the Alaskans trading in their snow boots for flip-flops. If you're good enough, you may even crack the meaning of life. The possibilities are endless.

2. Graduate Prospects

Our Graduate Prospects rankings often sit at an average of around 60–70%. The top 10 universities for Physics & Astronomy all have prospects of over 80%, meaning you're in with a great shout of professional level employment or further study after finishing your undergraduate degree.

3. Problem-solving skills

A ubiquitous term which people put on their CV when they can't fill it with anything else without really grasping what it implies, but for a physics graduate, you will be able to solve almost any problem. Many people who have studied physics find it helps them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It makes you very employable.

4. Work Abroad

Quite a few courses not only allow a year in industry, but can allow it to be taken abroad. For most this will be in English speaking countries such as Ireland or the USA, but if you also speak a foreign language, the possibilities are open still further.

5. International skills

The world is a small yet diverse place, both more global, yet at the same time dividing people like nothing else. Knowledge of the universe and how to research it offers skills and knowledge that can be applied in any country or culture around the world today.

6. Versatile degree

Physicists need not stick to their subject too closely. You can be a mathematician, an engineer in any discipline, indeed take on most subjects and topics at all. Explore the universe, develop laser technology, solve a world energy crisis – and so on and so forth. If you're a multiskilled type, try a joint degree.

7. Difficult, but impressive

Physics makes you more attractive to university recruiters, future employers, and any lad/lass with their brain switched on and an eye for smarts. If you can stand drunk people constantly asking you at parties if you know Stephen Hawking, then consider Physics & Astronomy.