School of Physics and Astronomy

Research highlights

the Altas detector at CERN

Whether it's finding new planets, developing new branches of theoretical physics or contributing to the discovery of fundamental particles, you can be assured that learning in the School of Physics and Astronomy means working alongside staff that are working on inspiring research that makes a difference.

Our research work as a Russell Group university means that as an undergraduate, many of your modules will cover topics informed by the research interests of our staff. This gives you access to a broad range of specialist topics taught by real experts, in your lectures and your undergraduate research projects.

The inspiration goes beyond the classroom too. Informal talks and colloqiua organised by our student society and the School staff aim to give everyone in the School opportunities to find out the latest physics and astronomy news from the staff who are directly involved in the doing the research.

Our current research base is broad, covering astronomy, particle physics, materials physics, theoretical physics and string theory and includes work on high profile international collaborations such as the ATLAS experiment at CERN, neutrino physics at T2K in Japan, surveys with the VISTA telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and the recently completed NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) Cassini mission to Saturn.

The School of Physics and Astronomy has played a key role in some of the most exciting discoveries in the field of physics and astronomy over the past 100 years. Our early studies of atomic structure fed into Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus; our researchers played a role in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons; and our work in the development of superstring theory led to the first ‘superstring revolution’. Most recently, QMUL astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2017, having led a team of scientists to discover the closest exoplanet to Earth, Proxima b.

Today the school continues to be a place where cutting edge research inspires the next generation.

Find out more about current research in the School of Physics and Astronomy.