World-leading researchIn the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), 90% of the Physics research we submitted rated as world-leading and internationally excellent overall (4/3-star).
Academic expertiseOur academics continue to make important discoveries in the world of physics. Whether it's magnetic fields or supernovas, their research enhances your education.
Outstanding facilitiesWe have a range of high quality facilities ready for you to use. These include our Alston Observatory, which is a unique opportunity to get hands on with a range of high-tech telescopes.
Who we are
Throughout your studies, you're taught by our passionate team of experienced, research-active lecturers. With their strong history of developing students on an individual level, you are in the best place to achieve your potential.
Derek teaches across a rage of subjects in Physics and Astrophysics. His particular expertise lies in the fields of star and planet formation, as well as interstellar magnetic fields, from the most diffuse regions of space to the dense environments around the event horizons of bl…
I am the Course Leader for Physics and Astrophysics on site courses. In my role as a Lecturer I lecture physics, and foundation year mathematics, as well as supervise final year projects. My research interests include strongly correlated electron materials such as superconductor…
What our students say
I feel that whenever I’ve needed to, I have been able to contact my tutors for extra support and guidance to help me keep on track. The staff are very involved in my progression.
Careers in Physics and Astrophysics
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.
We're proud to have a broad range of successful alumni with UCLan physics graduates working at high profile businesses such as BAE and NASA.
Physics degree jobs
Studying physics could lead to a future career in:
- Government research institutes
- Overseas laboratories and observatories
- Financial institutions
- Scientific journalism
Why choose us?
- We are ranked 1st for academic support and 6th for overall positivity in the UK in the National Student Survey 2023 (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide).
- Our Alston Observatory is 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.
- Physics and Astronomy is ranked 2nd in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2024).