Department of Physics

Discover our Department, home to high-quality research and outstanding teaching. Our research is focussed in five key areas: Astrophysics, nuclear physics, photonics and quantum sciences, radiation and medical physics, and soft matter.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our students with an online virtual learning environment, embedded research projects, and a world-leading student placement programme.

Study with us

Our department is a vibrant and engaging community for students at all levels of study and we have state-of-the-art facilities including a new student observatory.


Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are offered the chance to connect with employers during their studies through employment mentoring, talks, site visits, employment fairs and summer placements. We also have an employer mentoring programme and graduate network for our research students.

Professional Training and research placements

Our undergraduate physics courses offer a fully integrated Professional Training or research placement, which provides our students with an excellent foundation for both employment and further study.

Find out more about our undergraduate placements.

Student experience

Watch what our student Vadim Rusakov says about his research placement from the beautiful Canary Islands.


Our research spans the breadth of modern physics and is supported by high-quality facilities. Activities include both pure research, such as work on understanding nuclear structure, and more applied research, such as photonics.

What we offer

We are very focused on equality and diversity here in the Department and host astronomy evenings at our telescope dome, fascinating physics lectures and offer various workshops and activities for schools and colleges such as building balloon rockets and physics taster days for GCSE students.

Upcoming events