Physics students from Lancaster University


We are one of the UK's top Physics departments and have a reputation for high-quality teaching driven by outstanding research.


in the UK for Physics
The Guardian University League Tables 2019


for world-leading research outputs
Research Excellence Framework 2014


joint 4th for Student Satisfaction
The Complete University Guide 2019


Our teaching is excellent

Our programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics. We provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art physics education at the frontiers of the discipline. Our courses follow a modular structure which offers a great deal of flexibility. There are many advanced projects based on our broad research portfolio.

We are ranked 7th in the 2019 Guardian University Guide and 1st for how satisfied students are with the feedback they received. The Times & Sunday Times University League Table 2019 ranks us 7th in the UK. The Complete University Guide 2019 rates us as the 9th best Physics and Astronomy department.

An inspiring and supportive learning environment

Because we are a medium-sized department, you will benefit from a good staff-to-student ratio. Our friendly staff offer an open-door policy and small-group tutorials. Your project will be individually-supervised in our cutting-edge research groups. We hope that you will agree with our strong track record for student satisfaction.

In our drive to create a diverse, supportive community, we have attained Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver status. This demonstrates our efforts to provide an inclusive and diverse environment for all our students and staff.

Postgraduate Open Day

Join us on Wednesday 21st November 2018 to find out about postgraduate study at Lancaster University - the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018. Discuss the subjects that interest you and find out about scholarships and postgraduate loans.



Lancaster University's Physics Department is one of the top in the UK for research. REF2014 ranked us 2nd in the UK for the number of research outputs judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality, with 28% of our publications in this top bracket.

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