Physics

Bristol's School of Physics provides an exciting and challenging learning environment with new, high-specification laboratories and teaching facilities. You will be taught by experts who are recognised internationally for their innovative research.

From particle physics and quantum information to cosmology and astrophysics, our physicists are pioneers in their fields, working alongside industry leaders in areas such as medical physics, communications, IT, energy and defence to develop innovative technologies.

Within the beautiful, gothic architecture of the Physics Building are exceptional modern facilities including state-of-the-art teaching labs, a dedicated physics library, well-equipped lecture theatres and a six-metre radio telescope, integral to our astrophysics teaching and research.

Why study Physics at Bristol?

Our courses are designed to challenge you and develop your abilities as a critical thinker.

Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree. Normally, you are able to transfer between courses in the first two years, and a range of options in the final year means you can specialise in your chosen field or take a more general approach.

A thorough grounding in physics will equip you well whichever degree you choose. You can also choose to spend a year in industry working on a challenging project, or to study physics at a partner university in Europe or beyond.

In addition to your degree you can get involved in communicating science via Discover Science days and school visits. 

Our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics who also awarded us Juno status in recognition of our contribution to the representation of women in physics. We are also proud holders of an Athena SWAN bronze award.

CHAOS, the very active physics students' society, organises social and educational activities, visits and trips, and a 'parenting' scheme to help make our new students welcome. See the School of Physics on film.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Bristol physics students come from a range of backgrounds and share a keen interest in physics and astrophysics. You will need strong ability in mathematics, a lively and enquiring mind, commitment and a willingness to contribute.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Your degree will include large lectures, individual computational work and laboratory work in pairs. Smaller group activities include tutorials, workshops and problem classes which help to consolidate your learning.

Your personal tutor will follow your progress and advise you throughout your degree.

Assessment is by written examinations, assignments and written reports and interviews for computational and lab work.

In your final year you will undertake a novel research project or its equivalent in one of our research areas.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates are much sought after and find employment in physics and other areas, including IT, health, management, finance, international charities, sport and science media.

Around half of our MSci graduates pursue a higher degree in physics or related disciplines leading to careers in research and teaching.

Read more about what students from the School of Physics go on to do after graduation.

 

 

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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Download the Physics leaflet 2017 (PDF, 291kB)

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