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the university of kent careers advisory service

The University of Kent Careers Advisory Service

Forensic Science and Physics Careers

You can download a copy of this presentation at

location of the careers service

Location of the Careers Service

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays including vacations.

The Careers Web Site is available 24/7

the careers advisory service
The Careers Advisory Service

The Careers Centre is in Keynes College Driveway

  • What jobs can you do with a physics or forensic science degree?
  • What skills have you gained on your degree that you can “sell” to recruiters.
skills gained on a forensic science or physics degree
Skills gained on a Forensic Science or Physics Degree
  • Gather and analyse relevant information from a wide variety of sources
  • Identify and propose solutions to problems
  • Work with others in the preparation and presentation of group work (group projects)
  • Project management
  • Technical skills
  • Work independently (individual projects)
  • Communicate with others in a clear and articulate manner
  • Present ideas and arguments verbally in presentations and seminars, and informal discussions
one third of graduate jobs accept any degree subject

Learn new skills quickly

Analyse & solve problems


Open to new ideas, adaptable and flexible

“Managers of change”

Marketing and Sales


Social Work


Civil Service




One third of graduate jobs accept any degree subject.
forensic science employers
  • Forensic Science Service. labs - Chepstow, Chorley, Huntingdon, London and Wetherby (Send speculative applications to B’ham HQ. Vacancies advertised in national and regional newspapers, and New Scientist
  • Police Laboratories - 4 in Scotland
  • FS Agency of Northern Ireland - Belfast
  • Qinetiq - Fort Halstead, Kent - analysis of terrorist-related explosives.
  • Home Office (Police Scientific Dev’t Branch) research and development on equipment and systems used for the police and fire services.
forensic science employers10
  • Customs and Excise
  • Police forces employ civilians as scenes of crime officers.

Independent forensic contractors- may need experience to work for these.

  • Laboratory of the Government Chemist - Middlesex - analytical science, consumer protection  pollution and health, DNA and drug analysis also document examination for Inland Revenue and DSS.
  • Forensic Alliance Limited
  • Document Evidence
physics employers
Physics Employers
  • Industry BAe Systems, Thales, Rolls Royce, Roke Manor Research
  • Nuclear Power - AEA Technology, BNFL, British Energy, Powergen, National Radiological Protection Board
  • Hospitals – Medical physics
  • Defence - Qinetiq, DESG, GCHQ, AWE
  • Space - Astrium, European Space Agency
  • Computing - Logica, IBM, Tessella, Aligent
  • Geophysics - Western Geophysical, Gardline Surveys
  • Other - British Antarctic Survey, CERN, Met. Office
  • Many physicists jobs don’t have the job title “physicist”: you may be called a development engineer, systems engineer, materials scientist, support analyst, clinical scientist, meteorologist etc.
what can i do with my degree subject
What can I do with my degree subject?
  • What graduates in your subject did after leaving Kent
  • Jobs related to your subject
  • Employers and vacancy sources

Forensic Science


other science jobs
Research & Development

Clinical Scientists

Science Teaching

Information Scientist

Patent Examiner

Patent Agent

Scientific Administrator

Technical Author, Science Journalist & Medical Writer

Other Science Jobs
science vacancy sources
Speculative CVs use Forensic Sci. careers page

Kent University Vacancies will email summaries of these to you in final year.


Science Recruitment Agencies - some offer temporary laboratory work in vacations.

Directories GET, Prospects


Royal Society of Chemistry - includes vacancies from Chemistry in Britain magazine

Science Vacancy Sources
postgraduate study
Postgraduate Study
  • TAUGHT Higher degrees by taught course & dissertation – MSc. Length: one calendar year (September - September)
  • RESEARCH PhD. Length: at least three years for PhD. Work independently to prepare a thesis
  • FUNDING Normally need 2:1 for research council bursary – fees paid, plus about £11,000 grant
advantages of a sandwich placement
Advantages of a Sandwich Placement.
  • Gain lots of new skills: and have lots of evidence of these skills for final year applications.
  • Usually get higher degree class.
  • Gives you a chance to try out a career.
  • Gain greatly in self confidence and maturity.
  • Learn application and interview skills.
  • Some employers only recruit placement students.
  • May get a job offer for when you graduate
  • Much lower unemployment rate after graduation and usually in much better quality jobs.
  • Much better chance of becoming a scientist.
  • Usually well paid!
choosing a career
  • Choosing a Career Booklet - available in Careers Service.
  • Prospects Planner - powerful career choice program
  • Explorer

science vacation work
Science vacation work
  • Science Recruitment Agencies

  • STEP Paid project work in smaller companies for second year students. 1400, 8 week projects each summer. Pay £190 per week
  • Careers Database

  • Speculative CVs to firms in your area
if you can t get a science placement
If you can’t get a science placement ………
  • Do something outside science that develops your teamworking/organising/ problem-solving skills
  • Summer work in the USA, Canada, Australia, Jamaica and Ghana
  • Camp
  • Camp Counsellors USA and Work Experience
  • work experience in the USA, Canada, Australia and NZ
how to apply
How to apply
  • CV and Covering Letter – speculative applications and small companies. See science CV example
  • Application form
  • On-line application form – big companies
  • For help see
web pages
  • Kent Vacancy Database
  • Prospects
  • Applications and Interviews (includes assessment centres and psychometric tests etc.)
  • Example CVs & Covering Letters

  • Practice Interviews

  • Interview Reports – lots of actuarial interviews!

  • INTERVIEWS – now on-line

  • All last about 25 minutes and are excellent!
  • Just ask at Careers Reception to view
  • Now all on a DVD you can borrow.
careers talks and employer presentations
Careers Talks and Employer Presentations


other points
Other points
  • Check you campus emails regularly as I will send you emails on vacation work, careers talks, vacancies etc.
  • Get actively involved in university life so you have evidence of teamwork, organising, leadership etc. skills for your CV.
  • Apply early in your final year – closing dates are often in the first term.
bruce woodcock
Bruce Woodcock
  • Normally on duty TUESDAY MORNINGS (10.30 am - 12.30 pm) and WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOONS (2.00 - 5.00 pm). You don’t need to book an appointment to see me at these times.
  • - for enquires that I can answer BRIEFLY
  • Can also make appointment for interview: book at Careers Reception.
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The University of Kent Careers Advisory Service

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