Physics and Astrophysics

Physics and Astrophysics

In the 2018 Guardian University Guide, physics and astrophysics at Hull was joint 4th in the country for graduate employability. It is part of the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and sits within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


Our degree courses encourage you to explore the world from the sub-atomic scale to the cosmological scale under the guidance of internationally recognised experts. 

The early part of your degree will give you grounding in core subjects such as quantum physics, relativity, particle & nuclear physics, solid state physics, light, fields and matter. Later, you'll cover specialist topics including galaxy formation, nanophysics, superconductivity and general relativity.

Foundation year Year abroad Industrial placement Integrated Masters


Postgraduate Taught

Postgraduate Research


"We got to go to CERN, we got to look around it ... it was just a fantastic experience."

Leah Cox
BSc Physics with Astrophysics


There are a galaxy of reasons to study physics and astrophysics at Hull. There are excellent employment prospects after you graduate and opportunities to get involved in research that tackles unanswered questions. All of our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics.


Our undergraduates conduct real research, with some of them publishing academic papers even before they graduate.


You'll have access to Viper - the most powerful supercomputer in the north of England - giving you the opportunity to tackle 'grand challenge' problems.


This is a friendly, supportive subject area. Our tutorial system and regular individual feedback ensures that you'll get the help you need throughout your studies.


We have one of the country's best records for graduate employability. A physics degree equips you for a career in many fields, including data scientist, laser systems engineering, telecommunications, IT and computing, medical physics, teaching and lecturing, and nuclear engineer.

Joint 4th in the country for employability (Guardian University League Tables 2018)


Our research

Our staff's research interests range from the very small (quantum theory) to the very large (galaxy evolution). And between those points we carry out specialist work in condensed matter physics, organophotonics, nanophysics and light-matter interactions.

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