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 and sixty 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. The structure of our single honours courses provides great flexibility, enabling students, if they choose, to major in physics and simultaneously study a closely allied subject such as Astronomy, Nanoscience, Medical Physics or Theoretical 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 Single Honours 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.
Our School blog, written by our students and staff, is a key source of information on the most recent happenings and developments in the School of Physics and Astronomy.
Our Foundation Year course is designed to enable those wishing to pursue an interest in Physics to get on-track for a career in physics. Potential candidates include those with A-level Physics and/or Maths who have yet to achieve their full potential, and those without the A-level subjects required for direct entry. Applications from mature condidates and those with non-standard qualifications or academic backgrounds are also welcomed.
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 96% for ‘overall satisfaction’ with their physics degree course. This is also reflected in our high position in the 2018 Times Good University Guide.