School of Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy

We run one of the most popular undergraduate physics programmes in the country. Our teaching has been rated 'excellent' and in the recent Research Excellence Framework  (REF2014), in which the research quality of all UK higher education institutions has been assessed, we have been placed joint 3rd of all the Physics departments in the country. We pride ourselves on being a centre that is internationally recognised for the quality of our teaching and research and hope that you will enjoy learning a little more about us through this site.

We publish an annual newsletter, particularly aimed at prospective students, which highlights some of the exciting activities undertaken by our current undergraduates.

Research Evaluation Framework 2014

The Research Evaluation Framework, or REF, assesses all subjects in all universities across the UK, based on submissions describing their research and the wider societal impact that it has had. We are delighted to announce that the latest such assessment, REF2014, placed the School of Physics and Astronomy in 3rd place of all the physics departments in the country. It is also notable that we provided the only physics submissions that were placed in the top 5 in both REF2014 and the previous implementation of this process in 2008, making us the consistently best physics department in the entire country!

In addition to being delighted that our research and the associated societal impact has been recognized in this way, we take pride in the close link that we make between the research and the teaching that we undertake at all levels, from outreach activities in schools to the advanced research projects that our undergraduates carry out as part of their courses. Indeed, one of the “impact case studies” that we included as a key part of our submission for REF2014 described the work we have undertaken explaining physics research on the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel.

Excellent performance in NSS (National Student Survey): We are delighted that our graduating students rated us at 95% 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.


Seminar title:PsychoPy for neuroimaging

SPMMRC seminar room
Jonathan Peirce ,School of Psychology , University of Nottingham

From Star Trek to medical imaging: the physics of MRI

B1, Physics Building, University Park
Part of the Science public lecture series. Professor Penny Gowland discusses the physics of MRI, famously 'predicted' in Star Trek.

Seminar title : The 2014 MHRA Safety Guidelines for MRI Equipment in Clinical Use

Paul Morgan,Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering ,Nottingham University Hospitals

Latest News

School researchers secure major funding to develop ultra-cold atom nano-sensors

Researchers in the School have secured a £6 million grant to build a research facility to prototype a new generation of tiny ultra-cold atom based nano-sensors.

Physicist wins at National Student Radio Awards

The School is very pleased to announce that fourth year physics student, Izzie Clarke, has won gold in the 'Best Female' category of the recent National Student Radio Awards. Congratulations Izzie!

Nottingham Students to represent UK at the International Physicists Tournament 2015

The School is delighted to announce that a team of Nottingham students have won the UK selection tournament for the International Physicists Tournament in 2015.

£9m for MRI in Nottingham

The Government has announced it will be investing over £9m for equipment, buildings and facilities for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research at The University of Nottingham.The funding will secure Nottingham's position in the vanguard of MRI research internationally for the next 10 years.

Quick Links



Marie Curie Initial Training Networks

Oxford-Nottingham Biomedical Imaging MRC/EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

Project Juno - advancing the careers of women in Physics.

Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School

Athena Swan Silver-Award



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