Physics

Our suite of undergraduate courses in Physics provides an integrated and coherent development in the subject designed to foster academic rigour and problem-solving abilities. All our courses take advantage of ongoing changes to national standards (to which Loughborough is actively contributing) and draw on the Department's research specialisms.

Why choose Physics at Loughborough?

From the description of everyday and exotic natural phenomena to generating almost all of today’s technologies, physics has had the most transformative effect of any discipline. A physics degree provides the necessary foundation to understand the world around us - from fundamental particles and the behaviour of black holes to the workings of the smartphone in your pocket.

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.

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.

We have lots of great physics courses to choose from

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.

Contributing to your personal development

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.

You will have access to a wide range of facilities across campus

The Department of Physics is located in the West Park of the University campus and boasts excellent teaching facilities. Students taking engineering modules will benefit from the University’s extensive laboratories and workshops, while the University’s £17 million investment in STEMLab has brought further state-of-the-art teaching facilities to the campus, including an 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.

My lecturers are always friendly and approachable; the resources provided for studying and learning are also excellent.

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You'll have the opportunity to go on a placement year or study abroad for a year

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.

In addition, we strive to equip our students with transferable skills like problem-solving, communication, team-working, and project work, alongside their education in physics – making them highly employable graduates.

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 a year of study abroad, broadening your horizons and growing a network of international contacts at one of our partner universities overseas.

We offer a flexible route to get your degree

OpenPlus in partnership with the Open University. Loughborough University, in partnership with the Open University, offers a flexible route to a degree in physics for those without the traditional entry requirements.

In the first stage you will gain a thorough grounding in physics and mathematics through two or three years of part-time study with the Open University, while living at home. Course material will be delivered by post and electronically and you will have the support from a tutor and other Open University staff.

There are lots of great career opportunities in physics

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.

A rich and rewarding student experience - and a supportive environment

Your time within the Department of Physics will be enhanced by the opportunity to see physics in action through field trip visits to laboratories across the country and by 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.

At Loughborough you will become part of an academically stimulating and 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.

Our approachable teaching staff operate an open-door policy. If you have further questions to ask you lecturers, you can always ask them during or after a lecture, or, if the lecturer is not in, email them to make an appointment. You will also be able to get further help and guidance in tutorials with your Academic Tutor.

In addition, 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.

As a Loughborough student you will benefit from the University’s well-established support services, covering all aspects of student life, including our Counselling and Disability Service, Student Advice and Support Centre, and careers and employability support.