Work opportunities

We offer a number of opportunities for students to experience work in the Department, whether in the form of a temporary placement or a longer-term commitment to study for a PhD. See the links below for further information.

GCSE / A-Level Work Experience

As of 8th October 2012, we are no longer accepting applications for GCSE/A-Level work experience placements. Instead, we are embarking on a new programme of direct engagement with a number of local schools, and will be working with teachers at these schools to identify students who are likely to benefit from the opportunity to spend some time in the Department. More information on this scheme and the schools / colleges involved will be provided on this page when details have been agreed.

SURE Summer Programme

SURE is a six-week summer programme which will support up to six undergraduate students to undertake research within the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester. A range of projects will be available in the fields of astrophysics, space science, and condensed matter physics.


Space Research Centre Undergraduate Work Placements

The Space Research Centre is committed to ensuring that its work benefits emerging talent from science and engineering. The mechanical group within the SRC has established an internship programme which allows students to work on some of the most high profile space missions being run today. This page showcases the work performed by past and present students.

PhD opportunities

PhDs are available in each of the Department's research groups.

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