Supportive community

A close-knit school with friendly, expert staff and an award-winning student society, Chaos (National Societies Awards, 2019).

Highly ranked

Bristol is ranked in the UK top five for Physics research (THE analysis of REF 2021).

Learn with experts

Study with renowned experts whose research brings your degree right to the cutting edge.

Physics at Bristol

Our School of Physics is an exciting and challenging environment with new, high-specification laboratories and teaching facilities.

Our courses are designed to challenge you and develop your abilities as a critical thinker. You will learn from internationally-recognised experts bringing the latest research into the teaching lab. Your lectures might be with a particle physicist analysing the latest data from CERN's Large Hadron Collider, or with an astrophysicist looking at data from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Be part of a friendly department and dynamic research community. 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. Their research feeds directly into your teaching, placing you at the cutting edge of scientific developments.

We also offer Physics with Computing.

Think Big bursaries of £3,000 are available to support first-year international undergraduate students in this subject area.

I love the historical buildings, for example the Physics Library with all its wooden shelves - it's the best library! I also like the fact that Bristol has so many student societies: everything from magic to martial arts.

Nikita, MSci Theoretical Physics

Career prospects

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Our graduates are highly sought after and find employment as physicists in research and industry settings, and a whole spectrum of other careers such as data analytics, software development, charities, sport and science media.

Physics-specific employability sessions will give you valuable experience in communication and presentation skills, interviews and networking.

We work closely with our Industrial Advisory Board to understand the needs of industry, and shape our courses to boost our graduates' employability. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop important scientific and technical skills including coding and data analysis combined with transferable skills such as problem solving, presenting, communicating, numeracy, creativity and resilience.

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

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

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You will build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge over your first and second years. In your final year, you will join a research group and undertake an independent, novel research project or its equivalent in one of our research areas.

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

You may be able to spend a year in industry working on a challenging project or study physics at a partner university in Europe or beyond.

Advanced facilities

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Physics is based at the heart of our campus in the beautiful environment of Green Flag Award-winning gardens. Within the Gothic architecture of our Grade II-listed Physics Building are exceptional modern facilities, including state-of-the-art teaching labs, a dedicated physics library and a six-metre radio telescope. Bristol is also home to the pioneering Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information.

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