University Of Bristol Physics

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University Of Bristol Physics

Physics is the discipline that addresses the most fundamental questions in science, from the very nature of matter to the origin of the Universe. Moreover physics is important to the economy of the nation; many past technologies have been based on research carried out in physics departments and the same will be true of developments in the future.

Bristol’s School of Physics is well placed to address these challenges, with research strengths and a clear vision to pursue the newly emerging areas of nanotechnology, optoelectronics, high temperature superconductors, smart materials, quantum information, e-science and revolutionary instrumentation for probing biological systems at the molecular scale. Added to that, we are carrying out world class research in elementary particle physics, cosmology and a range of theoretical physics.

We aim to provide an excellent learning experience which trains undergraduates and postgraduates in a full range of physics, in a department of internationally recognised researchers who are committed to the highest standards of teaching.

Our department comprises 43 academic and 50 research staff engaged in areas represented by research groups in Astrophysics, Correlated Electron Systems, Micro and Nano Structural Materials, Nano and Soft Matter Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Photonics and Theoretical Physics.

Currently we accept an average of 160 new undergraduates each year and 90 postgraduate research students. The school offers an extensive choice of undergraduate honours degree programmes to meet the needs of a wide variety of careers, and has recently launched a new suite of one year, full-time taught MSc programmes.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise all academic staff were included and 55 per cent of our research was rated as being world leading or internationally excellent. The school is a key component of what is one of the UK’s top four science faculties.

A small sample of some recent research achievements across the faculty.

We provide an exciting and challenging learning environment for our students, with the help of over 100 research and teaching staff.

A typical week will involve a mixture of lectures, tutorials, self-directed study, project work, computing, and lab work that takes place in the £7 million suite of teaching laboratories dedicated to undergraduate study. It is an environment in which all school members thrive in discussion and collaborative problem-solving.

The School of Physics has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. We offer a range of PhD and taught Masters programmes at the cutting edge of research.

Taught programmes

MSc Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials

This interdisciplinary MSc programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become practitioners in nanoscience, whether in industry or academia. The programme provides innovative and novel training, and will support you in the next phase of your career.

Taught programmes

MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering

Gain a solid grounding in the Science and Engineering principles underpinning the global nuclear industry. Throughout the programme you will benefit from an innovative connection, via the South West Nuclear Hub, to the University of Bristol’s nationally-leading industrial research.

Research programmes

PhD / MSc by research Physics

Main research areas: dynamical systems and statistical mechanics, mathematical physics, fluid dynamics, materials science and scientific computing.

Doctoral training

PhD Functional Nanomaterials

A structured year of training in the foundational skills necessary for research before moving to an academic department in the faculties of Science, Engineering or Medical Sciences for a PhD project.

Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials

Doctoral training

PhD Condensed Matter Physics

Training across a broad range of disciplines in the field of hard condensed matter physics, encompassing experiment, theory, fundamental studies and device applications.

Condensed Matter Physics Centre

Doctoral training

PhD Quantum Engineering

Combining theoretical understanding with the practical application of quantum physics and mathematics with engineering makes this a truly successful approach to training.

Quantum Engineering Centre

General enquiries

School of Physics
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
University of Bristol
Tyndall Avenue
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8731