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Key Facts

  • Ranked joint third of physics departments in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework)

  • The school has an international research reputation, with a large portfolio of research contracts from EPSRC, STFC, MRC, BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, the EU and industry.

  • We offer MRes and PhD programmes which focus on major research projects supplemented by taught courses designed to broaden scientific knowledge and provide relevant IT, presentational and other transferable skills.

We have a vibrant community of more than 120 PhD students in the school and have an excellent record of obtaining fully funded studentships to enable outstanding students from across the world to carry out postgraduate studies in the school.


The School of Physics and Astronomy has an international reputation for high-quality research across a wide range of research areas. 

Research in the school is organised within the general areas of:

  • Astronomy
  • Condensed Matter Theory
  • Experimental Condensed Matter and Nanoscience
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Particle Theory and Ultracold Atoms

The school attracts a high level of funding from the research councils for engineering and physical sciences, medical, biotechnology and biological sciences, particle physics and astronomy, as well as from the Royal Society, the EU, The Wellcome Trust and industry.


The school has an excellent track record in the training of postgraduate scientists, and offers courses that combine research projects with supporting training modules. We aim to provide a solid basis to enable our postgraduates to excel in their subsequent careers.



Wendy Brennan
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nottingham
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