School of Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy

We run a popular undergraduate physics programme. We pride ourselves on being a centre that is internationally recognised for the quality of teaching and research. We hope that you will enjoy learning a little more about us through this site. 



Nottingham physicist wins prestigious award

Professor Matthew Brookes has been recognised for his revolutionary work in brain imaging, with a Physical Sciences & Engineering Laureate award from the the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences.


Research Excellence Framework 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF), assesses all subjects in all universities across the UK, based on submissions describing their research and the wider societal impact that it has had. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy maintains a strong position in the upper quartile of the Physics Unit of Assessment, with an increase from REF2014 in the percentage of both ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ outputs, with more than a doubling of the percentage assessed as ‘world-leading’. The impact case studies submitted had an increase in those rated as ‘outstanding’ and the research environment also recognised being at least ‘internationally excellent’, with an increase to 75% ‘world-leading’ compared to REF2014. 

In addition to being delighted that our research and the associated societal impact has been recognized in this way, we take pride in the close link that we make between the research and the teaching that we undertake at all levels, from outreach activities in schools to the advanced research projects that our undergraduates carry out as part of their courses. Indeed, one of the “impact case studies” that we included as a key part of our submission for REF2021 described the work we have undertaken explaining physics research on the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel.

We are delighted to announce that staff in the School of Physics & Astronomy, led by Professor Richard Bowtell have been awarded £29.1 million to establish the UK’s most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner as a national facility.

Physics BlogKeep up-to-date with what's happening around the School with this new blog written by our staff and students.

Physics Foundation ProgrammeHave you decided you would like to study physics but don't think you have the right qualifications? Check out our Foundation Programme.




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Latest News

Physicists in the School have been awarded the University's largest ever research grant for the UK's most powerful MRI scanner

The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, led by physicist Prof. Richard Bowtell, has been awarded £29.1 million to establish the UK's most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner as a national facility, subject to business case approval.

Vice-Chancellor's Medal awarded to staff and students in the School

Many congratulations to the members of our School, Nick Botterill, Wendy Brennan, Lizzie Elmer, Niall Holmes, Peter Milligan, who today received their for exceptional achievement by staff or students.

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