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Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy

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Top 10 in the UK for Physics and Astronomy

9th in the Guardian University Guide 2024 and 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

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A strong student-led community that act as a single voice to influence the running of the department, organising networking, social and academic support events.

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The opportunity to work with world-leading researchers from academia or industry. Support is provided for student placements, with local opportunities at organisations such as the Met office.

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We are passionate about training new physicists and believe that is done via a supportive and inclusive student-staff environment.

"Physics and Astronomy at the University of Exeter is a vibrant academic community dedicated to delivering world-class teaching and research.

We provide a stimulating and supportive environment for our undergraduates, using research-led teaching to expose them to ideas at the cutting edge of our subject. Physics is a global activity that cuts across both academia and business, and we have programmes that reflect this, enabling students to study abroad or gain valuable experience by undertaking a professional placement.

Our research encompasses a broad range of experimental, computational, and theoretical physics, with research groups in electromagnetic and acoustic materials, quantum systems and nanomaterials, biomedical physics, and astrophysics.

Research projects range from the study of thermodynamics in the quantum regime, to the atmospheres of exoplanets and the diagnosis and treatment of cancer using nanoparticles. We also work closely with non-academic partners, including the electronics and defence industries, as well as the Met Office and NHS Trusts."

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Professor Tim Harries

Head of Physics and Astronomy

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