School of Physics and Astronomy


Research in the School of Physics and Astronomy covers a rich portfolio that encompasses most of the subfields of these disciplines.

With access to an incredible array of facilities - including the Jodrell Bank Observatory - and strong links to centres and institutes around the world, we consistently produce groundbreaking research.

Our research activities are separated into four key themes that seek to address society’s major challenges:

  • Accelerator, nuclear and particle physics
  • Astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
  • Condensed matter, atomic and biological physics
  • Theoretical physics

Carrying out this research we have more than 150 academic and research staff, including two Nobel laureates. Our School boasts a rich heritage in research breakthroughs, and we continue to work with partners in industry, government and academia to push forward.

The latest Academic Ranking of World Universities places us 9th in the world for physics, and 1st in the UK. 

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