About the department


The department is based on the west side of campus and boasts excellent teaching and research facilities. Students taking engineering modules will benefit from the University's extensive laboratories and workshops, while our newly opened STEMLab brings further state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to the campus - including designated teaching space for students of physics.

  • Experimental teaching laboratories 

    Undergraduate students will use our state-of-art laboratories in STEMLab - a £17million investment in teaching facilities across science and engineering subjects.

  • Undergraduate observatory 

    We have our very own departmental undergraduate observatory, with 16inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope, and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

  • Undergraduate radio telescope 

    A 3 metre CASSI Corp undergraduate radio telescope tuned to the Hydrogen line.

  • Research facilities and labs for undergraduate final year projects 

    We have various research facilities and labs where undergraduates can work on their experimental final year projects.

  • Computer labs 

    Students also have 24/7 access to computer labs in the Schofield Building to help with their work.

    We have two PC based computer laboratories running the Windows 7 operating system (with virtual Linux available from the Windows desktop). The Office 2010 suite of programs is available along with a wide range of software packages such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop and InDesign as well as specialist software such as SPSS, UCINET and Protégé. There are also mono and colour printers available for students to print at very low cost.

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