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 2020
for world-leading research outputs
Research Excellence Framework 2014
joint 4th for Student Satisfaction
The Complete University Guide 2020
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 2nd in the 2020 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 2020 rates us as the 6th 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.
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