School of Physics & Astronomy



The School of Physics & Astronomy is a flourishing member of the Science Faculty in this prestigious University. We are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, and run one of the most popular undergraduate degree programmes in the country. Each year we welcome around one hundred new undergraduate students.

We offer a broad portfolio of three- and four-year physics degree courses. All of our courses have a modular structure, and incorporate both fundamental concepts and interesting new topics at the frontiers of physics. Many of our courses include opportunities to study at a partner university overseas, while others are interdisciplinary in nature, combining physics with chemistry (Chemistry and Molecular Physics ), philosophy ( Physics and Philosophy) and mathematics (Mathematical Physics ). All of our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics and therefore satisfy the academic requirements for the award of the professional qualification of Chartered Physicist. Our graduates are much in demand by industry and commerce and their choice of first careers after graduation spans a wide range.

A recent innovation, the Foundation Year, is designed to enable those wishing to pursue an interest in Physics but without the A-levels for direct entry to get on-track for a career in physics. Also new is Physics with Nanoscience, an innovative new degree course offering the opportunity to study the physics of the ultra-small.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries based on academic achievement in our first year assessment, and in the examinations for university entrance (e.g. A-level).

The School's admissions brochure is an excellent source of information and is available for download in pdf format.

Excellent performance in NSS (National Student Survey): We are delighted that our graduating students rated us at 93% for ‘overall satisfaction’ with their physics degree course. This is reflected in our high position (5th) in the recently published Times national league table for Physics.


Latest News!

newsletter2014smallSir Peter Mansfield High-Achiever Scholarships - open to home and EU students. To find out if you are eligible and for information on other scholarships and bursaries click here.

School of Physics & Astronomy Newsletter - read about how students get involved with cutting edge research in the School.

Undergraduate Open Days : Visit our beautiful campus and explore the opportunities for studying Physics and Astronomy at Nottingham. A full programme of lectures, tours, demonstration experiments plus advice on UCAS applications.


School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 [0]115 951 5183
fax: +44 [0]115 951 5180
email: physics-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk