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Studying Physics at Lancaster

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  • Why Lancaster?

    Our Teaching is Excellent

    We are one of the top Physics Departments, and have a reputation for high quality teaching driven by outstanding research.

    All our programmes are accredited by the IOP, and provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art physics education at the frontiers of the discipline. Our courses follow a modular structure offering a great deal of flexibility, with numerous  advanced options and projects directly based on our broad research portfolio.

    We are ranked second only to Oxford in the Guardian University Guide and seventh in the Complete University Guide.

    Our Research is the Best in the UK

    In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), Lancaster's Physics Department is the top ranked physics department in the country. (The Guardian | Times Higher Education [pdf])

    25% of our research has been rated as being world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. A further 65% of our research is considered to be internationally competitive. Furthermore, we were ranked top jointly with Cambridge, Imperial College and Oxford in the previous research assessment exercise (2001).

    Our renowned researchers include particle physicists working at Cern, Fermilab and T2K in Japan, quantum technologists working on quantum bits, liquid helium and graphene, biomedical physicists describing nonlinear phenomena in the human body, mathematical physicists studying the classical and quantum behaviour of matter and light, space scientists investigating the solar system's space-plasma environment, and cosmologists chasing the origins of dark matter and mechanisms of inflation.

    We provide an enjoyable, inspiring and supportive learning environment

    As a friendly medium-sized department we are committed to fostering a diverse, supportive community as a source of academic excellence, cultural enrichment and social strength.

    Our students benefit from a favourable staff-to-student ratio, which enables us to offer an open-door policy, small-group tutorials, and individually supervised projects conducted in our leading research groups.

    In the recent National Student Satisfaction Surveys the Lancaster Physics Department was ranked top for student satisfaction amongst the 5* research departments in the UK for three years running (2010-2012). In 2013 we have attained Juno Champion status, rewarding our efforts to provide a fair, inclusive and diverse environment for all our students and staff.