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Physics

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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.

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.

The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK. It is used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees, and throughout the Astrophysics degrees, and enables you to make real astronomical observations.

Our Physics degree courses provide thorough education in the subject, from nanophysics to lasers, and beyond. You will 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.

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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 enabling individual supervision of final year projects. These are typically carried out in active experimental research laboratories alongside our postgraduate research students.

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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.

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