Department of Physics

About us

Discover the Department of Physics, home to high-quality research activity and outstanding teaching.

It is almost unique amongst UK physics departments in offering all MPhys and BSc students a year in either industry or an internationally leading research lab.

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.

At all levels, teaching in the department is research-led and aims to give students flexibility in studying.

The department collaborates with a variety of partners across the academic, industry and public communities. We are partnered with the National Physical Laboratory and are members of the Institute of Physics.

We are proud of our reputation as a friendly Department, and of the supportive environment that we provide for our students.

We aim for our students to gain an understanding of physics that is relevant to working in industry, well-suited to further study and transferrable to the wider world.

The Department is a member of SEPnet and the Institute of Physics' equality and diversity initiative, Project Juno.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Department has a strong reputation in research; in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 84% of its research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.