School of Physics & Astronomy


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The School of Physics and Astronomy is a research led school, with our research informing our teaching. 

Research Groups



Condensed Matter Theory

Condensed Matter Theory

Cold Atoms

Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics

Particle Cosmology

Particle Cosmology


Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Condensed matter and Nanoscience

Experimental Condensed Matter & Nanoscience



Research Excellence Framework 2021

The School of Physics and Astronomy maintains a strong position in the upper quartile of the Physics Unit of Assessment, with an increase from REF2014 in the percentage of both ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ outputs, with more than a doubling of the percentage assessed as ‘world-leading’. The impact case studies submitted had an increase in those rated as ‘outstanding’ and the research environment also recognised being at least ‘internationally excellent’, with an increase to 75% ‘world-leading’ compared to REF2014. 

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £29.1 million to establish the UK’s most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner as a national facility.

Aims and Expertise

  • All members of academic staff are research active and we have a large portfolio of grants from a wide range of funding streams.
  • We have a vibrant community of more than 120 PhD students in the school and have an excellent record of obtaining fully funded studentships.
  • Our research has led to direct commercialisation, outreach, contributions to governmental and regulatory standards, long-term industrial partnerships, collaborations with medical practitioners, and links with national security agencies.
  • We have state-of-the-art facilities across our Physics buildings including the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre.
  • We aim to provide a solid basis to enable our postgraduates to excel in their subsequent careers.
  • We house a wide range of research equipment available to staff and students. Click here to find out more. 


Post-graduate research 

For all of our research degrees, the first step is to identify one or more supervisors you would like to work with.

To do this, look through the Research groups and our academic staff research interests. We strongly encourage contacting supervisors before making a formal application, to discuss potential research projects and to ensure the best application possible. More application information can be found here.


Join our future research leaders

World-class talent, working in multidisciplinary teams and with inspiring leaders, are at the heart of capturing new ideas and translating these into world-changing solutions.

As a research-led institution, the University of Nottingham recognises the value and contribution of early career researchers in delivering its ambitious, high-quality research vision. In order to enhance this vital aspect of our research network we will recruit 100 Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellows by the end of 2021.

The impact of our research

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Game changer


Professor Matt Brookes

A quantum leap for brain imaging


MRI scanner

MRI: new insights into our bodies



Science impact studies


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A quantum leap for brain imaging

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School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham NG7 2RD

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