We provide an academically stimulating and supportive environment for our community of physics students.
Our programmes and research opportunities are delivered by recognised experts, and enable you to acquire specialist knowledge of topics at the cutting edge of contemporary physics.
Our department consists of approximately 30 postgraduates, 16 full-time academic staff, seven support staff, and several visiting and part-time academic staff, contributing to a lively community.
Our research is focused on condensed matter and quantum physics. Our aim is to equip students with key skills they need for employment in industry, public service or academic research.
Our research output can be categorised into seven key, themes:
- Materials and structures
- Novel materials
- Polarons, superconductivity and molecular electronics
- Quantum computing
- Terahertz superconducting and semiconducting electronics
Further information about our areas of research can be found on our dedicated research page.
We have a range of activities that you can get involved with that appeal to your interests outside of your studies. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then we have a fantastic STEM project where you can become a Science Engineering Ambassador. This role involves visiting local Schools to encourage young people to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities. It is a rewarding experience and will be great if you are interested in a future with science and teaching.
Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help you throughout their studies and fully-equip you for their your endeavours.
Experimental facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. The departmental observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.
We offer outstanding facilities for postgraduates, and have projected an investment of over £4 million to create a series of new laboratories and teaching spaces which will open in 2018.
In addition, the University’s new £17 million STEMLab facility includes a brand new, state-of-the-art Physical Sciences laboratory, designed for physics students to explore the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum phenomena, waves, solid state and thermal physics. It also includes a Physics and Optics laboratory, allowing for the practical examination of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics.