George Grey Centre Physics lab

Department of Physics and Mathematics

About the department

Mathematics at Hull is led by renowned academics whose work underpins the modules you'll study. Their specialisms include algebra, analysis, geometry, fluid dynamics, mathematical physics, probability and statistics. All taught within our close-knit mathematical community.

A maths degree is highly valued by employers and opens doors to varied and rewarding careers. Our graduates progress into areas such as teaching, banking and finance, information and communications technology (ICT), accountancy, insurance, the Civil Service, HM Revenue and Customs and management.

Our Physics and Astrophysics degree courses encourage you to explore the world from the sub-atomic scale to the cosmological scale under the guidance of internationally recognised experts. There are excellent employment prospects after you graduate and opportunities to get involved in research that tackles unanswered questions. All our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics.

First for academic support

Our latest National Student Survey scores show that our Astronomy course is best in class for student satisfaction and academic support*.

Top for employability

Over 90% of our students go into graduate-level roles within 15 months of graduating*. This is further facilitated by our employability focussed project 'WRIPA+'; funded by an Office for Students grant and led by Hull as part of our partnership with the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA).

We are passionate

Our 'Changing face of physics' campaign was named 'Best practice in the UK' by the Equality Challenge Unit and resulted in an Athena Swan award.

Groundbreaking research

We've authored over 700 papers – gathering more than 30,000 citations over the years – in the fields of nanotechnology, laser physics and astrophysics.

Head of department

Brad Gibson

Professor Brad Gibson

Accreditations

Research in the Department of Physics and Mathematics

Our research is at the frontier of physics and mathematics; stretching across the breadth of topics that are embedded in the department's activity. Hull's physics and mathematics research is included in the top quartile of research volume growth in Nature Index 2020.

Our research interests range from the very small scale (quantum theory) to the very large scale (cosmology and galaxy evolution). Between those extremes, we carry out specialist work in condensed matter physics, organophotonics, nanophysics, medical physics, light-matter interactions and applied mathematics to make sense of the world around us.

The core values of our department are centred around inclusivity and our importance as an anchor institution at a local and international level.

White Rose Industrial Physics Academy

The White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA) is a partnership between the five university physics departments of Hull, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and York, plus technical industries from across the region. WRIPA has received external funding of £3.0 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Office for Students (OfS).

WRIPA supports technical sectors to innovate and grow through the provision of highly skilled physics graduates and aims to connect students and graduates with the wealth of career opportunities available.

The Academy’s role is to facilitate collaborations between physics students and industry, through internships, Year In Industry placements, final year projects and careers activities. WRIPA also organises the UK’s largest physics-focused recruitment fair.

Find out more about the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy.

Research strengths

Astrophysics

From the Big Bang to black holes. From quantum mechanics to the theory of everything. Our world-leading experts pursue explanations for the wonders of the universe.

We share our awe-inspiring discoveries with students, schools and the public to ignite the passions of the Einsteins and Hawkings of tomorrow.

Our community

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Hands-on experience

We lead a £5.6 million Office for Students grant to deliver fantastic work experience opportunities for physics students. This includes access to an extensive range of work-based learning opportunities.

Supercomputing

Viper, our leading high-performance computing centres are the highest rated in the north of England. This significant research investment provides a vital requirement to meet the ever growing demands of the University’s research community.

Find out more about Viper

Try for yourself

Watch: join Professor Brad Gibson and John Elliott for a virtual Mathematics taster session

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Groundbreaking research

Professor Ronald Shaw, who joined our team in Hull directly after completing his PhD at Cambridge, is one of the authors of the Yang-Mills-Shaw theory which is central to particle physics.

"It was a definite 'yes' for Hull"

Watch: find out why Katie Smith chose to study Mathematics at Hull 

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Events for all

We run over 100 events a year. These span a range of widening participation, diversity in STEM, continuing professional development for teachers and curriculum-enhancing support.

Using Mathematics to explore the galaxy

We develop essential tools for simulations to probe the formation of elements in the Universe, like our unprecedented simulation of the Universe spanning its first 8 billion years of existence.

Our people

The department is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the Department of Physics and Mathematics, arranged alphabetically by last name

PhD students

PhD students in the Department of Physics and Mathematics
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    Huda Al Sulaimi

    PhD Physics

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    Areeg Al-Hamadani

    Plasmonic and metamaterials nanoparticles for nanolight sources and next generation sensors

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    Qassim Al-Jarwany

    PhD Physics

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    Afrida Alam

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Oliver Bartlett

    PhD Physics

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    Lawrence Bilton

    PhD Physics

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    Christopher Carter

    Memristor photonics

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    Peter Claronino

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    Leah Cox

    Data mining the Horizon Run

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    Thomas Cross

    A large scale approach to modelling biosignatures

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    Afshan Dabeer

    Microfluidic cell sorting

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    Jack Eatson

    Engineering nanoparticles for colloidal self assembly to be used in nanophotonic devices

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    Sema Ebrahimi

    Multilayer plasmonic antennas

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    Nazish Fatima

    3D printing of Chitosan

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    Thomas Fish

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Paul Fong

    Stellar nucleosynthesis

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    Michael Gater

    PhD Physics

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    Jacob Gordon

    PhD Physics

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    Connor Hall

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    George Harvey

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Thomas Henry

    PhD Physics

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    Laura Hunt

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Matthew Hunt

    PhD Physics

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    Simon Huntley

    Quantifying the systematic uncertainties of bow shock analysis in galaxy cluster mergers

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    Christopher Jordan

    PhD Physics

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    James Keegans

    PhD Physics

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    Mikkel Kristensen

    PhD Physics

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    Anna Kuzminova

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Thomas Lawson

    PhD Physics

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    Mikkel Lindholmer

    PhD Physics

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    Christopher Lowe

    PhD Physics

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    Joshua Marsh

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Arina Mohammed

    PhD Physics

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    Scott Morgan

    PhD Physics

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    Joseph Morrison

    3D printing of embedded electronic devices for medical applications

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    Kiri Newson

    Safe and adaptive radiotherapy through evidential machine learning

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    Donatello Pagnotto

    Plasmonic cavity coupled to organic devices electrically driven

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    Scott Preston

    PhD Physics

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    Jonathan Proctor

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Paulo Quintero Mejia

    PhD Physics

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    Emily Shelton

    Percolation theory applied to the large-scale structure of the Universe

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    Lee Smith

    PhD Physics

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    Rajpal Thethi

    PhD Physics

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    Thomas Trueman

    The production of radioactive elements in stars

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    Iraj Vaezzadeh

    Simulating the effects of multi-mergers on galaxy clusters

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    Craig Venables

    Development of new memristor devices with dynamic and reconfigurable learning properties controllable by light

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    Aimee Wiggins

    Sticky biomolecules: from sediments to astrobiology

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    Katie Wilkie

    MSc (by Research) Physics

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    Stephen Wilkington

    Mapping prevalence of hormones in aquatic systems with ultra-high sensitivity and selectivity nanogap electrode aptasensors

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    Kate Womack

    Signatures of the intermediate neutron capture process

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    Our facilities

    Take a 360-degree look at our physics laboratory where you'll have access to the tools for a broad understanding of modern physics, including high performance computers and industry standard equipment.

    Footnote

    * National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, HEIs only.