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School of Physics and Astronomy

MSc Facilities

Postgraduate students have access to a wide array of national and international-level equipment and facilities.


Experimental equipment and facilities in the School include clean rooms, workshops and laboratories. Materials  physics facilities include an X-ray diffraction lab, wet chemistry lab, optics/laser lab and facilities for production and analysis of molecular and organic electronics.

As part of the School’s work at CERN, we run a laboratory and workshops for the prototyping of particle detector hardware.

Computing facilities

You will benefit from access to super-fast research networks, as well as a number of high-performance computing clusters on-campus at Queen Mary. These facilities are used primarily for applications in materials physics and astrophysical modelling.

The School provides desktop computing facilities in a dedicated room reserved for  our postgraduate students.

As part of your dissertation project, you will be able to take advantage of experimental facilities or data sets through your project supervisor’s research collaborations. Depending on your chosen field, this may include:


  • Ground-based instruments
  • VISTA infrared survey telescope
  • HARPs spectrometer/3.6m telescope for exoplanet searches
  • LOFAR radio telescope
  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
  • Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

Space-based instruments

  • Cassini mission to Saturn
  • Cluster (space plasma research)
  • Solar Probe Plus

Materials physics

  • ISIS Neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Diamond Light Source synchrotron
  • High Performance Computing Service

Particle physics

  • ATLAS experiment at CERN  (Hadron physics)
  • T2K (neutrino physics)
  • IceCube and PINGU neutrino facilities