Armed forces and defence solutions
The Army, Navy, RAF and intelligence agencies offer a wealth of opportunities for physicists, from communication solutions and weapons and guidance technology, to software design and the maintenance of the UK's nuclear warheads.
Around 1% of those with physics degrees move into the combined armed forces each year, a significant number of top-end graduates. In total, there are around 300,000 UK jobs related to the country's defence spending.
The following organisations specialise in intelligence or defence solutions and undertake graduate recruitment:
- The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
A branch of the Ministry of Defence
A leading defence and security technology company
A designer and manufacturer of mission-control systems
Develops aircraft power and military solutions
- The Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG)
Works with the MoD Civil Service to equip and support the UK Armed Forces with state of the art technology
Specialists in field missile systems
- BAE Systems
Produces aircraft, missiles, submarines and land vehicles
- The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Responsible for providing and maintaining the UK's nuclear weapons deterrent
- The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
The national intelligence and security agency
- HM Government Communications Centre
Looks after the government's most sensitive data and helps to maintain national security
If you see yourself working in defence, why not check out another physicist’s experience of the industry?
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last edited: April 20, 2015