Our lecturers are experts in fields spanning particle physics, astrophysics, polymer and biophysics, semiconductor nanotechnology and medical physics. This range of expertise means our degrees have lots of module options, so you can focus on what interests you most.
You'll learn from us in lots of different ways. In lectures you'll study important theories, and in lab classes you'll see how they work in practice. We have modules dedicated to designing experiments and research training, so you'll learn how to collect data, analyse results and assess projects. Small group tutorials are a chance for you to work closely with our academic staff on scientific problems and get extra support with tricky subjects.
Students have regular sessions in our teaching laboratories in your first and second years. These sessions are designed to train you in how to use essential scientific instrumentation and equipment in physics experiments. You'll learn to use the tools that physicists use to study topics including optics, electronics, waves, oscillations and atomic emissions. Students on our Physics and Astrophysics courses are trained to use the telescopes on the roof of our building.
Throughout this training, you'll learn how to use specialist computer software for collecting and analysing data. Experiments and projects get more advance as you progress through first and second year, until you're fully trained to complete an independent research project in third year.
All of our students get to do research of their own. In your third year, you can take a semester-long Physics Research Project, or you choose one of our unique, year-long Extended Project options.
Our MPhys degrees have even more research training and a bigger research project in fourth year. They're great preparation for a career in research or academia.
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.
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