Physics

With state-of-the-art laboratories and excellent teaching facilities, our IOP-accredited courses in physics offer a common core and opportunities to specialise in theoretical physics, mathematical physics, physics with computing, or a number of specialised engineering streams. We aim to take your passion for physics and equip you with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills to shape tomorrow's world.

£17m You'll have access to our £17M STEMLab facility
Top 15 in the UK for Physics The Guardian University Guide 2021
All eligible courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Physics at Loughborough

By studying a physics degree at Loughborough, you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the world around us – from fundamental particles and the behaviour of black holes to the working of the smartphone in your pocket.

We have a vibrant 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.

Our physics courses represent a novel and exciting way to study physics at a higher level. They offer a common core and opportunities to specialise in theoretical physics, mathematical physics, or more applied aspects of the discipline.

Links with industry

As a department we have a strong tradition in working with industry. The partnerships we build with external organisations strengthen the relevance of our teaching and our research.

The employability-enhancing ‘sandwich’ year of industrial training is available on all our BSc and MPhys programmes.

We strive to ensure our students are highly employable graduate, equipping them with transferable skills like problem-solving, communication, team-working and project work that are all sought after in the workplace.

Recent placement destinations include Siemens, Rolls-Royce, IBM, Max Planck Insitut Stuttgart (Germany), National Physical Laboratory, STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and more.

Facilities

Loughborough University boasts excellent teaching facilities many of which our Physics students have access to as part of their studies.

The University’s £17-million investment in STEMLab has brought state-of-the-art teaching facilities to the campus, allowing you to gain vital hands-on laboratory experience. Here you will have access to the optics laboratory and physical sciences lab that allows you to explore the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum phenomena, waves, solid state and thermal physics.

There has also been a further £4 million investment in refurbished laboratory space for physics students, ensuring we are able to provide our students with a high-quality learning experience.

In addition to our well-equipped laboratories, Loughborough also has its own campus observatory with 16inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope, and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

For work on your experimental final year projects, we are also able to offer access to various specialist research facilities and labs.