Physics

By choosing a degree in physics you'll not only get to learn about the fundamental laws that govern the universe but also how they can be used to produce the latest developments in science and technology, making physics a highly imaginative and challenging discipline.

During your time at university you'll be able to specialise in areas as diverse as particle physics, nanotechnology, medical physics and astronomy, and the critical thinking and analytical skills you'll gain from a physics degree are highly valued in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, defence, telecommunications and aerospace.

Stephen Sprange

Stephen Sprange

Stephen graduated with a degree in Physics and Astrophysics in 2013 and is now on a graduate scheme with the Bank of England.

I am on a rotational graduate scheme, so I change teams every few months. My first team was involved with service transition, and this involved collating and analysing data concerned with the progress of a major technical upgrade project. I was also involved with software license purchasing, and ran a serive through which employees of the bank requested new software.

I then moved to database services. They ensure that databases are used correctly by the rest of the Bank, as well as providing help with installation and design. My third rotation was a C# developer. I built a file handling application as part of a wider infrastructure project.

My last rotation is in Business Relationship Management. I use contacts in IT and the business to discover how technology can improve efficiency. In October I will move into a full time role as a web developer, helping to support the Bank's external website and intranet pages.

The rotational aspect is brilliant as it allows me to gain a wide variety of experience in different areas of IT in the Bank before selecting my favourite and receiving in-depth, on the job training in that role.

A typical day in my current team my graduate peers in monetary analysis to discover how a particular piece of software is used in the Bank, before coffee with a licence analyst who will provide me with support costs for the tool. I might then research what key business processes depend on the tool and combine all the information to build a picture as to what role the software plays in the bank.

I've always had an interest in technology and computers. I also enjoy that the work I do has a direct benefit top the public. The Bank is an organisation that focuses on serving the country and that appeals to me. Currently I see myself having a long and happy career at the Bank. I feel valued and useful here, and my prospects are excellent.