Journal article

What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics

Manjula Sharma, Judith Pollard, Alberto Mendez, David Mills, John O'Byrne, Dale Scott, Sue Hagon, Joan Gribble, Les Kirkup, Michelle Livett, David Low, Alex Merchant, Anton Rayner, Geoff Swan, Marjan Zadnik, Willam Zealey

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

In a study to assess how effectively undergraduate physics studies have prepared students for the workplace, we attempted to locate and interview traditional 3-year or 4-year physics students who had graduated in the past five years (2000 to 2004), and the employers of these graduates. The study was limited to recent graduates who have majored in physics and not obtained further or concurrent degrees. Overseas studies of the destinations of physics graduates referred to in this paper have not isolated the group we interviewed as a distinct group. A major finding was that the number of these graduates was unexpectedly low. Indeed, most physics graduates have two degrees. Interviews with gradu..

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