School of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate bulletin

Record numbers of physics and astronomy students in placements

Satellite data management, aerospace technology, nuclear security and green energy are just some of the exciting fields our undergraduate students will doing placements in this summer.


The 25 Companies involved in the scheme include large multinationals like BAE Systems to exciting smaller businesses like Black Swan Data, a marketing/data science company.

Check out the research projects available to our undergraduates

Our research projects give you an insight into the world of academic research.



The transit of mercury from the roof of the School!

Ever wondered whether it's possible to observe rare astronomical events from a London rooftop? This month we live streamed the transit of Mercury, an event that takes place roughly 13 times a century, from the School observatory.

Hear it straight from our students

Our student blog, is now nearly 4 months old and has lots of content including articles and student bios.


Astronomy placements in Crete with QMUL

In addition to exciting industry placements and physics research internships, the School of Physics and Astronomy also offers two students per year the opportunity to carry out a fully funded research placement at the Skinakas Observatory in Crete. 

Physicists having a ball!

Staff and students turned out in strength again this year for the fourth annual Physics Ball, organised by PsiStar, the physics student society. Revelers at the impressive East London venue were entertained by a live band, and made good use of the subsidised bar!


QMUL physics staff have launched a unique planet hunt blog in collaboration with a number of other research institutions around the world.


Studying physics as an international student

2nd year Vishnu Vejayan gives us his perspective on life as an international student in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Why did you choose to study physics?


Physics Student Wins Cosmonaut Training Experience in Russia

A third-year Physics student has won a place at a Russian cosmonaut training centre for a video submitted to a competition launched to mark British astronaut Tim Peake’s momentous visit to the International Space Station (ISS).

Read about the internship

Physics student writes about her renewable energy placement on the company website.






3rd year physicist Natasha Westland has written an insightful blog post for the renewable energy company Good Energy, with whom she completed a summer internship in 2015. 

Enriching your time at Queen Mary: PsiStar, the QMUL Physics Society

Society President and 3rd year student Tom Charman talks about trips to see the northern lights, the Physics Ball and what the Physics Society does for its members.




PsiStar is the Queen Mary Physics and Astronomy society, we aim to provide students with social and academic experiences that will enrich their time here. Primarily the society is a place to meet like minded people and enjoy a range of events together.

Meet Dr Teppei Katori: lecturer, particle physicist and man of many hobbies








Get to know a bit more about one of the active researchers leading our teaching.

Dr Teppei Katori talks about teaching at Queen Mary, some of his research interests and a bit about some other projects he's been working on.

What do you do in the school of Physics and Astronomy?

I teach 2 modules, Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics in the 2nd year, and Radiation Detectors in the 3rd year.

Hear it straight from our students

Find out first hand about life in the School of Physics and Astronomy.






We will be kicking off the new year with a whole new blog team working on exciting insights. In the meantime, check out our 2015 blog posts from Liam Hartley, who writes about study abroad, internships, living in London and studying physics.

Check out Liam's blog


On physics and jobs

Melanie Christou, the School's internship co-ordiantor talks about why physicsts are so valued  by employers.

Could you briefly describe your role in the School of Physics and Astronomy?


Nobel prize in physics recognises work in major research area for QMUL

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics recognises important advances in neutrino physics, a major research area for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).




The Prize, awarded to Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, marks significant contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos oscillate between two different identities and therefore must have mass.

Queen Mary student wins award for research placement work 

3rd year student Natasha Westland was one of six award winners at the recent SEPnet student expo that featured the work of 84 students.


Applying for the Hemera Scholarship

Some thoughts from Honor Elliott, current Hemera Scholar The Hemera Scholarship covers all undergraduate fees and includes a £9,000 contribution towards living costs for a student aiming to gain a physics degree but may face barriers to education.

Update on Student Employability Events

Find out what our careers and employability staff have been up to this month.






We take employability seriously at Queen Mary. October saw no less than 7 events tailored to science and engineering students, designed to expose students to opportunities and information relevant to the types of careers they might be interested in.

Scholarships for students from the UK or overseas

Take a look at the scholarships below to see if you are eligible.



Home/EU Students

Excellence Scholarships

£3,000 per year of study for academically excellent students

Interview with our Study Support organsier

Making friends and getting to grips with physics: 4th year Ryan Hill talks Peer Assisted Study Support.


Hi Ryan, Could you briefly describe what PASS is and describe your role in the scheme?

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