Physics and astronomy

Physics explores the basic rules that dictate the behaviour of matter and energy, from subatomic particles to the evolution of the universe.

1st in London for student satisfaction

Four years running, National Student survey (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to have played a role in some of the most exciting discoveries of the past 100 years, including discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons, and fundamental work on the development of string theory.

Most recently, research at Queen Mary led to the discovery of the closest ever exoplanet to Earth, Proxima b.

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The ability to choose modules across the University of London has been especially valuable. I have met academics from across London, and the opportunity to truly tailor my programme has been very important to me.
— Andrew Raj Kirkpatrick, Physics MSc (2017)

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School of Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy combines the academic rigour of a Russell Group institution with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We are highly rated in the National Student Survey (NSS), coming top in London for overall student satisfaction for the past four years.

We run a busy schedule of research seminars, and a successful peer mentoring scheme. The PsiStar physics society is extremely active and has around 200 members.

You’ll be taught by academics who work on high-profile international collaborations, including experiments at CERN and the recently completed NASA and European Space Agency Cassini mission to Saturn.

We’re proud to have played a role in some of the most exciting discoveries of the past 100 years, including Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus, discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons and the first ‘superstring revolution’.  Most recently, Queen Mary astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé led a team of scientists to discover the closest exoplanet to Earth, Proxima b.

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