Physics and Astronomy
- 2nd in the Russell Group for graduate progression, with 88% of Physics graduates entering into professional occupations or graduate-level further study six months after graduation
- 90% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
- Multi-million pound renovation of the Physics building, including teaching laboratories and study environments
- A friendly department with weekly, small group tutorials with academic staff
- Home to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials and the Centre for Graphene Science, with pioneering research in biomedical, material and quantum physics
- Excellence in research in astrophysics; we have one of the biggest groups in the UK
- A year-long experimental or theoretical project in our research groups on the MPhys degrees
- Spend your third year studying away from Exeter: either in a university abroad,or undertaking a research project as part of a salaried placement
The study of Physics is both stimulating and thought provoking, and requires commitment. At the University of Exeter you will discover a very well-equipped department of physics, staffed by academics dedicated to the teaching and training of physicists, and undertaking their own ground-breaking research. Set in a beautiful location, our building provides an inspiring environment for you to address the intellectual challenges that arise as part of your scientific training.
Our research is highly rated and this has enormous benefits for you as a student. Lectures are illustrated with in-depth descriptions of recent discoveries and many of our option modules reflect our experimental and theoretical research interests. You can obtain first-hand experience of what it is like to conduct PhD-style research by joining one of our research groups and undertaking an experimental or theoretical project of up to two academic years.
Our advanced facilities include:
- rapid prototyping machinery;
- mechanical workshop;
- helium liquefier facilitating low-temperature experiments;
- research-grade telescope.
Our research laboratories include:
- facilities for the fabrication of nanostructures;
- amplified ultrafast laser systems for the study of high-speed phenomena;
- terahertz experiments;
- microwave labs for the study of antennas and metamaterials;
- acoustic and SONAR apparatus for studying the propagation of sound;
- a suite of instruments for imaging biological materials.
State-of-the-art supercomputers are used in our astrophysics and theoretical research. You will have the opportunity to use many of these facilities during your research project work.
We firmly believe in individual attention, and you will work with the academic staff in tutorials, in problem-solving classes, in the laboratories and when you undertake project and research work. There is an active and effective Staff/Student Consultative Committee where suggestions and ideas can be discussed and introduced. You will feel part of a department that is enthusiastic about physics and astronomy and wants you to succeed.
Our Physics and Astronomy degrees are well-understood and respected in industry and commerce, and will give you a sound basis for a satisfying and fruitful career as a professional scientist. Our Single Honours programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics and holders of the MPhys degrees are eligible to follow a route to corporate membership of the Institute and to the CPhys professional qualification.
Degrees in Exeter
All our MPhys and Single Honours BSc degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MPhys degrees fully satisfy the educational requirements of the Chartered Physicist (CPhys) professional qualification.