School of Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy

We run one of the most popular undergraduate physics programmes in the country. 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 our 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.


Teaching Excellence Framework Gold logo

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, or 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 such assessment, REF2014, placed the School of Physics and Astronomy in 3rd place of all the physics departments in the country. It is also notable that we provided the only physics submissions that were placed in the top 5 in both REF2014 and the previous implementation of this process in 2008, making us the consistently best physics department in the entire 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.


Particle Theory Seminar

Ole Steuernagel (Hertfordshire).A Geometric view of dynamics on quantum phase space.

Seminar: 'Imaging the Changing Brain: plasticity of primary somatosensory cortex'

C1072 South Block QMC
Laura Parkes ,Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology .University of Manchester

Seminar: "Altered appetite in Crohn's disease: Deconstructing the enteroendocrine axis using fMRI".

SPMIC UP Seminar Room
Gita Thapaliya ,SPMIC. Nottingham

Latest News

School researchers discover a new method to manipulate magnetic domain walls

Researchers in the Spintronics group have discovered a new method to control the structure of magnetic domain walls using electric fields. The discovery could lead to energy efficient data processing and storage devices.

European Magnetic Field Laboratory User Meeting 2017

The School will host this year's European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL) user meeting on 23rd June. The EMFL is an European facility for research with high continuous magnetic fields, currently up to 37.5 T, and pulsed magnetic fields up to 200 T.

UCAS Visit Days

All undergraduate applicants who receive an offer are invited to a UCAS visit day, a chance for you to see the School and University.

New study reveals ten times more galaxies in the Universe than previously thought

An international team, led by School astrophysicist Prof Christopher Conselice, has shown that there are at least 2 trillion galaxies in the Universe. Ten times more than previously thought.

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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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