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Physics

Let's explore more than space. Let's explore the possibilities. 

Benefit from our Institute of Physics accredited courses, state-of-the-art physics teaching laboratories and our observatory - one of the largest, best-equipped teaching observatories in the UK enabling you to make real astronomical observations.

Physics and astronomy have been taught continuously in Preston for over 190 years; and we trace our heritage back to Jeremiah Horrocks who made the first successful prediction and observation of a Transit of Venus, from central Lancashire in 1639.

Our Physics and Astrophysics degree courses provide a thorough education in the subject, exploring everything from nanophysics to lasers, from the wonders of the cosmos to new horizons in quantum mechanics, and beyond. You’ll improve your mathematical skills, backed up by practical laboratory experience, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, and how they apply to real situations. A common first year enables you to change course as your interests and aspirations develop.

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught by a passionate team of experienced research-active lecturers, with interests ranging from areas such as Nanophysics to Star Formation. You will become an active part of our vibrant research culture – through research-informed teaching, projects and funded internships. These are typically carried out in active experimental research laboratories alongside our postgraduate research students. The opportunity to undertake industry and summer placements further enables you to put your knowledge into practice ready for a rewarding career.

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Why choose us?

  • Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) - graduates can use their course to contribute to Chartered Physicist status at Bachelors or Master’s level.
  • Benefit from Alston Observatory - one of the largest, best-equipped teaching observatories with £200,000 recent investment in the most powerful modern telescope available in the UK. The observatory’s 20+ telescopes are used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees.
  • Our low student-to-staff ratio provides a supportive student environment. Astronomy is ranked 2nd in the UK with 94% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021).
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Future Careers and Opportunities

Graduates of physics and astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world and are in particularly high demand for technical and business sectors, where analytical and mathematical skills are at a premium. Graduates have found employment in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories, financial institutions, teaching and scientific journalism.

Join us for an Open Day this Autumn

Our Open Days are designed to give you a taste of what it's like to study with us and explore the very facilities you will be making use of during your studies.

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Explore the facilities

Gain practical skills in our specialist laboratory facilities including nuclear physics, optics, quantum physics, laser physics, spectroscopy and astrophysics, and much more. Explore the cosmos from our very own teaching observatory Alston Observatory - one of the largest, best equipped in the UK.

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