A major goal of our undergraduate degree programmes is to develop your skills and understanding to the level where you can address the exciting open problems that abound in contemporary physics.

You will build up essential skills through your course with a succession of projects. These start with a computer project in year two. In year three, you will progress to open-ended research projects of increasing complexity. This will include a group project on a current research topic, and an extensive research project in the final year of the MPhys/MSci programmes.

Our portfolio of world-leading research drives the list of available research projects. This gives you an opportunity to make an active contribution to actual research. You will develop a range of skills such as team working, time and project management and communication skills. Employers will value people who have these skills and the relevant experience.


Examples of group projects

Working in a group is the best way to share ideas, and develop them further. Recent examples of group projects have included:

Particle physics

Studies of cosmic rays, construction of low-cost radiation detectors and investigating the role of quantum mechanics in nuclear decays.


Using cosmological constants and dark energy to solve the Age of the Universe problem.

Theoretical physics with mathematics

Modelling the properties of electrons in crystal lattices (e.g. graphene), dynamics of vortices in superfluids and studies of particles obeying fractional statistics.

Industrial projects

Student teams worked with external organisations to investigate re-condensing gas-based anaesthetics to reduce waste, testing high-tech plastic films to improve the shelf-life of food and characterising technical non-woven fabrics for magnetic shielding.

Work with the Research Divisions

Research in the Physics Department is structured into four divisions. Each division has a team of research-active staff at the forefront of research in their respective fields. We place great importance on bringing this research into our undergraduate teaching, and into our schools and public engagement programme.

Nicholas Kay

Nicholas Kay

Graduated MPhys Physics and is currently undertaking a PhD in Nanoscience at Lancaster. Based on his MPhys project on “The behaviour of graphene nanotrampolines”, he won the Best Physics Student of the Year SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Award

My favourite part of the MPhys scheme involved a year-long project, this allows students to work within one of the research groups. The support and enthusiasm shown by my supervisors helped me to win an award for the best Physics student in the UK that year.