From the minute scale of the quantum world to the massive scale of cosmology; from the physics of ballistics and firearms in forensic science to that underpinning nuclear technology, our teaching and research activities span the domain of our fascinating subject.
Valuable employment skills
A physics degree equips students with cutting-edge scientific knowledge and the ability to solve problems. These qualities are valued by many employers and make a wide range of fulfilling careers available. NTU offers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate physics courses that provide our graduates with a range of useful scientific and transferable skills in order to prepare them for the world of work. Our graduates have gone on to careers in a diverse range of specialist scientific fields; further study and research (including many master's and PhD students); and teaching. They have also entered non-scientific employment areas such as finance, computing/web design, healthcare, consultancy and the automotive industry.
For those who wish to take the subject further, we aim to prepare our students for further study in physics and instil a love of the subject that will stay with them for life. We strive to excite and inspire our students by giving them the opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research projects supervised by members of the physics team. This is achieved by means of a number of competitively awarded summer scholarships funded from a mixture of internal and external sources, usually taking place in the summer of the students' second year.
Most of our BSc/MSci courses share a common Year One of study, covering core physical principles and practice. Students can then tailor their degree through a variety of optional modules including Stars and Galaxies, Forensic Audio, Nuclear Materials Science, Cosmology, Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors and Ballistics and Firearms. Of course, these specialist modules are informed by the expertise and research interests of our members of staff. View the research pages for more details.
Importantly, our BSc and MSci courses are recognized and accredited by the Institute of Physics.
Outstanding student satisfaction
We are proud of our record of outstanding levels of student satisfaction, achieving an average of 96% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey over the past three years (NSS 2013-2015). Our academic, technical and support staff are friendly and accessible and we strive to offer physics with the personal touch! First class teaching facilities are based on NTU's Clifton Campus; these are used to develop our students' skills and specialised knowledge through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and through hands-on practical sessions in our excellent laboratory facilities.
Active student societies
Our students have formed one of the UK's most active subject-based Societies, APSoc (Astronomy and Physics Society) to which we provide free membership in the first year. APSoc won the Best New Society award at the Student Society Awards in 2012 and has organised trips to see the Northern Lights in Tromsø, Chernobyl, Iceland and CERN.
Prestigious work placements
We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad or to take a 12-month paid work placement. Previous students have worked within leading companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, E.ON, British Gypsum, Airbus, Merck, Siemens, Pfizer and Syngenta and at world-leading facilities such as CERN and the Diamond Light Source. Completion of the placement year gives you an additional award of a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.
No matter which physics degree our students choose to study with us, they will also develop a range of transferable skills that are highly desirable in a variety of professional contexts.
We have invested significantly in our facilities over recent years and provide access to modern teaching and research laboratories, including a range of equipment for:
- magnetic resonance imaging
- optical coherence tomography
- ultrasound and CT imaging
- thin film deposition and processing
- surface characterisation
- forensic audio analysis
- portable astronomy.
In addition, as part of the Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School, we provide teleconferencing facilities to support Midlands-based Master's-level courses (in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough and Keele).
Finally, our impressive Trent Astronomical Observatory is the largest teaching-only telescope at any UK University and provides some of the best facilities for University-based Astronomy in the country.
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Please contact: Dr Christian Beardah
Academic Team Leader, Physics and Mathematics