Physics and Astronomy

  • 8th in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research
  • £3 million renovation of the Physics building, including teaching laboratories and study environments
  • Weekly, small group tutorials with academic staff
  • Weekly, small group tutorials with academic staff
  • An experimental or theoretical project of up to 2 academic years duration on the MPhys degrees
  • Multi-million pound investment in electromagnetism, biomedical and astronomy research, plus a Centre for Graphene science
  • Opportunities to study abroad or take a salaried industrial placement year

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:

  • clean-rooms;
  • 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.

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.