Supportive Learning Environment

We offer an open-door policy, small-group tutorials, individually supervised projects, dedicated career advice as well as summer placements and internships.

Extensive high-quality contact time

With approximately 375 high-quality contact hours a year, you can always rely on our staff for guidance and assistance. In a typical week, you will have 12-15 hours of lectures, take part in 3-4 hours of seminars where the lecturer will explain solutions and help with any difficulties, and spend about 6 hours in the laboratory, working closely with other students and staff.

You will participate in demonstrations of the physical phenomena described in lectures, learn to use scientific equipment and develop skills in taking measurements, drawing conclusions and writing reports. You will also carry out extensive research projects, first in groups and then under individual supervision, where you apply your knowledge and actively contribute to the development of the field.

Comprehensive academic support

You will be able to rely on extensive academic support with multiple possible contacts for any type of question – amongst others, you can choose to contact your lecturer, your departmental academic advisor, your degree scheme manager, or the teaching support staff. You will also be assigned a college tutor responsible for providing advice and assisting with any other questions you may encounter.

Continuous feedback

We continually provide academic feedback and keep you informed of your results. A very large part of your lab, project and coursework counts towards your final degree mark – this allows us to make the assessment meaningful, in recognition of the fact that proper scientific work is deep and requires time. As a rough guide, 40-50% of your degree marks will be based on this continuous assessment, with the remainder based on exams.

Students using a telescope on the roof of the Physics building

The Department is extremely friendly and open, and the support at Lancaster is the best available – with friendly lecturers and postgraduate students always on hand, I have never had an issue that I couldn’t be helped with. If you are passionate about physics, this is the perfect place to be!

Rachel Bennett-Jones