Work experience

The Department of Physics at the University of Oxford provides a limited number of work experience placements for students in Year 10 to Year 13.

Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School (in place of work experience)

We run a week of placements in the summer, usually the last week of July. During the week students work on a research project and also take part in a central programme of activities such as departmental tours, career talks and sample lectures. Students present their work to their peers at the end of the week in a poster presentation. We have projects that cover a range of different interests and topics in physics.

Please note we do not arrange or cover the cost of transport or accommodation for the Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School.

Making an application: Applications will open later in the year.

Mailing list

If you wish to join our mailing list to be notified about work experience and other activties such as taster days, please fill in this short form. We will send you the dates and informaiton about how to apply when it becomes availible.

Other placements

Year 10 placements are organised exclusively through Oxfordshire County Council. We also work with Science Oxford and The World of Work Programme to organise placements for local students.

Students often contact individuals in the Department to request placements in their research field. It is likely that these requests will be directed to the central office and students will be asked to apply for the Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School.

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire also offers one or two week work experience placements in physics and other subject areas between April and August to over 100 students each year. More information available here.