School of Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy

We run a popular undergraduate physics programme. 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 teaching and research and hope that you will enjoy learning a little more about us through this site.

Physics BlogKeep up-to-date with what's happening around the School with this new blog written by our staff and students.

UoN Physics YouTube channel

Physics Foundation ProgrammeHave you decided you would like to study physics but don't think you have the right qualifications? Check out our Foundation Programme.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold logo

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.


Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (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 assessment placed the School of Physics and Astronomy in 3rd place of all the physics departments in the 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.


Beacon Series Seminar:"Cognitive fluctuations and attention in Lewy body dementia"

Room A46 Trent Building, University Park
Dr John-Paul Taylor, Institute of Neuroscience, and Honorary Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.


Chris Philp, SPMIC- Universty Park, University of Nottingham

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SPMIC UP Seminar Room
Neele Dellschaft ,SPMIC-University Park, University of Nottingham

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SPMIC UP Seminar Room
Dr Po-Wah So ,Department of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience,Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute,King's College London

Latest News


The discovery of new bacteria-resistant plastics to reduce the incidence of hospital acquired-infections, one of the UK's most significant heritage regeneration projects, a one-in-a-million snail and keyhole surgery for jet engines were some of the research projects recognised at the University's Knowledge Exchange and Impact Awards 2018.

Nottingham Student Experience Survey – win £200

The Nottingham Student Experience Survey is your chance to make a difference at the University of Nottingham.

New masters course - MSc Machine Learning in Science

The School of Physics and Astronomy has launched a new masters course called Machine Learning in Science.

International Conference on Low Dimensional Structures and Devices 2019

Nottingham physicist, Professor Mohamed Henini will co-chair the 9th International Conference on Low Dimensional Structures and Devices (LDSD) in Patagonia, December 2-6, 2019. Prof Henin founded the conference in 2002.

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

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School of Physics and Astronomy

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