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As a leading scientific membership society, one of our core aims is to secure a flourishing future for physics.

We want exceptional STEM graduates in the classroom, developing the next generation of physicists and engineers. And we’re offering £26,000 tax-free scholarships to help you get there. 

Teaching physics is doing physics

No single day in the classroom is the same. You will be required to think on your feet and use your creativity to address new challenges and answer unique questions. You will help your students to better understand the world around them, and give them the knowledge and confidence to pursue physics to A-level and beyond.

Although you will need to be resilient and patient, and have excellent communication skills, you will be supported throughout your training as you discover what it takes to become an inspirational teacher.

Career opportunities

Teaching physics is a rewarding and stimulating career - not only will you make the most of the skills and knowledge you have acquired from your degree, but your career options will be varied. You could move up to gain responsibility of the physics department, or become head of year. There are also opportunities beyond the classroom, like setting up a STEM club or coaching a sports team.

For those training to teach in England, an Institute of Physics (IOP) teacher training scholarship could help you start an exciting new career as a physics teacher. 175 scholarships are available for 2022 – 2023, giving you the support you need to succeed and stand out. 

With an IOP scholarship, you get: 

  • Support to develop your physics teaching skills including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops and online events 
  • Online networking opportunities with your fellow scholars  
  • Free IOP membership throughout your teacher training year including access to Physics World publication, our exclusive Career Development Hub and member-led local branches and special interest groups.

The scholarships are funded by Department for Education in partnership with The Institute of Physics.

We’re looking for graduates with an excellent academic record, with a first, 2:1, master’s or PhD degree. In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience will be considered. A physics A-level or equivalent (grade C or above) is desirable. 

Your degree must be in physics or a related subject such as engineering or mathematics. Our scholarships will be awarded to the very best individuals who impress us with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching, who demonstrate a passion for the subject with the ability to communicate clearly and inspire others. 

To become an IOP Scholar, you need to secure a place on a non-salaried teacher training course in England by September 2022 and you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria

Apply now.

What’s it like to be a physics teacher?

“Although I’ve done some exciting things after education, in the workplace and around the world, I don’t think these experiences compare to the buzz of a learning environment in schools”  - Matthew

“I think the thing that I enjoy most about teaching is being able to have conversations about how the world works with young people.” - Dan

“I really enjoy thinking of creative ways to demonstrate complex ideas and feel that teaching provides a great opportunity to do this on a daily basis.” - Amy

Find out more about becoming a physics teacher here.

Click here to find out more about the Student Finance England criteria.

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