Our courses

Taught by internationally-renowned experts, and utilising state-of-the-art laboratories, our courses in physics provide an integrated and coherent development in the subject designed to foster academic rigour and problem-solving abilities.

Why choose Loughborough?

At Loughborough you will join a community of physicists who are deeply involved in both fundamental research and in shaping the next generation of technologies that will transform the world around us. We are passionate about instilling within our students the physical insight and confidence to shape tomorrow’s world. Here are some reasons to choose Loughborough...

Excellent facilities and learning resources

As a Loughborough physics student you will enjoy access to a wide range of facilities, including the physics and optics laboratories in the University's state-of-the-art £17m STEMLab and a further £4m investment in refurbished laboratory space for physics students. Students taking engineering modules will benefit from our extensive laboratories and workshops, and your studies will be further enhanced by our own campus observatory, computer labs, and the Mathematics Learning Support Centre. For work on your experimental final year projects we are also able to offer access to various specialist research facilities and labs.

A new and innovative approach to the subject

We have developed a programme of study that is coordinated on a weekly basis between core physics, essential mathematics, computing and laboratories - supporting your learning by reinforcing theories and key concepts with practical hands-on experimentation. This approach enables us to support deeper learning of the really important ideas in physics. We have built our physics courses around our idea of the 'perfect' Loughborough graduate, placing value not solely on academic rigour, but on the skills and attributes (creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork) actively sought by employers. As such, our laboratories incorporate additional engineering methodologies not always found at undergraduate level (based on quantum systems engineering research - an area of expertise within the University) and take a strong problem-based approach that makes use of our STEMLab's advanced features such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), laser cutting, and other up-to-the-minute facilities. In particular, as part of your studies, you will complete a 'big group' project - enabling you to develop the team working skills employers have repeatedly asked for from physics degrees.

 

Professional recognition

Our Physics degree courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) - the UK-based learned society and professional body that works to advance physics education, research and application. Holders of accredited degrees are eligible for IOP membership and can follow a route to professional registration as a RSci or CPhys.

Career prospects

Of all the disciplines, it has been said that a physics degree can lead to the broadest range of career opportunities. As a physicist you will be highly numerate, logical, analytical and a creative problem solver, skills valued by employers in all sectors, including commerce. Our graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers within such organisations as Dyson, Lockheed Martin, Williams Formula 1, BAE Systems and Deutsche Bank. The opportunity to take an employability-enhancing ‘sandwich’ year of industrial training is available on all our BSc and MPhys programmes, as is the option of undertaking a study exchange at one of our European or international partner universities, broadening your horizons and growing a network of international contacts at one of our partner universities overseas.

A stimulating and supportive environment

At Loughborough we strive to add value to your learning with laboratory field trips and a programme of seminars, public talks and guest lectures that includes the prestigious Sir Nevill Mott lecture series, bringing internationally renowned physicists on to campus to deliver truly inspiring presentations.  supportive student environment that seeks to provide social opportunities as well as opportunities to broaden your knowledge. You could join the award-winning Loughborough Space Society or pursue your passion for gaming or technology with the Computer and Technology Societies – or choose from the wide array of extracurricular activities, volunteering opportunities and sporting societies available to further enhance your Loughborough experience! You can find support for some of the challenging mathematics you may encounter at university from our award-winning Mathematics Learning Support Centre, and benefit from our peer-mentoring scheme.