Physics and Mathematics

Disciplines covered by the Physics and Mathematics team include: physics (experimental, theoretical and computational) and mathematics (including financial mathematics). The undergraduate Physics degrees are accredited by Institute of Physics.

View our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.


Research in physics and mathematics is interdisciplinary in nature and is carried out in collaboration with colleagues in art, archaeology, chemistry and biomedical science at the University and with groups at other UK and international institutions. Research covers Archeometry and Art Conservation, Medical and Materials Imaging, Observational Astronomy and Cosmology, Optics and Displays, Sensors and Acoustics and Soft Materials. 

Much of the research undertaken within the team is at the interface with materials/technology, imaging and displays or the life sciences/biomedical sciences interface and there is active collaboration with members of staff from the other teams within the School of Science and Technology. Our research quality was confirmed in RAE 2008 with 95% internationally recognised, including 15% of research classed as world-leading (UoA 25). Visit our research pages to find out more.


The department has impressive facilities including large versatile undergraduate teaching rooms and laboratories, several research laboratories in Erasmus Darwin and Natural Sciences Research Centre, well equipped computer resource rooms, and a working observatory.

Industry links

We have links with industry, funding bodies and other institutions including: Institute of PhysicsThe Institute of Mathematics and its ApplicationsRoyal Statistical SocietyThe Institution of Engineering and Technology, IEEEInternational Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic WorksInstitute of Materials, Minerals and MiningThe Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research CouncilEngineering and Physical Sciences Research CouncilKodakUnilever, The National GalleryTate Online and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Christian Beardah
Academic Team Leader (Acting) - Physics and Mathematics

Computer visualisation of an atom