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
Lancaster is proud to be The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018. We have also received a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold standard for our excellent teaching.Learn more
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 2018 ranks us 8th 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.
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.
Breakthrough at CERN as long-sought decay of Higgs boson observed
Experts from Lancaster University have shared in a ground-breaking discovery at CERN that the Higgs boson – a newly discovered particle that helps explain how everything has ‘mass’ – decays as expected, taking us another step closer to understanding what shaped the early universe.