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 Blog - Keep 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 Programme - Have you decided you would like to study physics but don't think you have the right qualifications? Check out our Foundation Programme.

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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.


Condensed Matter & Nanoscience Seminar

C27 Physics Building
Peter Kirton (TU Vienna) Superradiance and Lasing in Driven-Dissipative Dicke Models.

Seminar:Cortical Cartography: Characterising the peaks and valleys of the cerebral cortex

Chris Madan, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham

Latest News

SEPnet & WRIPA workshop "Enhancing physics graduate employability through curriculum development"

65 physics academics and employability managers from across the UK attended the SEPnet&WRIPA workshop at Nottingham to discuss the enablers and barriers to physics curriculum development in view of the increasing focus on employability and the Government's Industrial Strategy.

YouTube channels nominated for Times Higher Education awards

Use of ground-breaking short YouTube videos to engage people in Science and STEM subjects has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education awards.

Award success for Faculty of Science PhD students

Dr Chao Chen and Dr Wen Yun have been awarded the 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.

Lord Dearing Award winners

Congratulations to all Lord Dearing Award winners, including faculty colleagues Andrew Armour, Tom Wicks, Lisa Coneyworth and the Enterprise for Chemists team.

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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