The Physics and Astronomy Department oﬀers a vibrant, world-class environment for students interested in a diverse array of problems in the physical sciences.
Our research seeks both to uncover the fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena on all scales, and to apply these to the understanding of real-world problems.
We focus on fundamental and interdisciplinary research in physics and astronomy, and have invested £3.4M in space refurbishment over the last few years, creating sixteen cutting edge labs and facilities to enable this.
Strong links between our groups cultivate collaborative research linking multiple disciplines. This is exemplified by our cross-disciplinary research with the Global Systems Institute and the Met Office on planetary climate science, and the Centre for Metamaterials Research and Innovation, which spans physics and engineering. Jointly with the £52M Living Systems building adjoining Physics, we also house an interdisciplinary biophysics hub positioned at the interface between the physical and the life sciences.
Research led teaching
We also use research-led teaching to expose our undergraduates to ideas at the cutting edge of physics: optional modules are focussed on research strengths within the department, and our taught programmes enable students to gain valuable research within our research groups. As a result, Physics has been voted the best research community in Exeter’s Student Guild awards in 2013, 2015 and 2018, and voted best overall subject in 2019.
The Physics and Astronomy Department oﬀers a world-class environment for students interested in studing a diverse array of problems in the physical sciences.
In whatever you do, you will be guided by one of our 50-plus permanent academic staﬀ, many of whom have been recognised internationally for their world-leading research, and you will beneﬁt from a lively and supportive community of other students and researchers.