Physics and Astrophysics courses

Physics and astrophysics at Hull is part of the School of Natural Sciences and sits within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


Physics & Astrophysics is ranked number 7 in the UK.*

Our degree courses encourage you to explore the world from the sub-atomic scale to the cosmological scale under the guidance of internationally recognised experts. 

The early part of your degree will give you grounding in core subjects such as quantum physics, relativity, particle and nuclear physics, solid state physics, light, fields and matter. Later, you'll cover specialist topics including galaxy formation, nanophysics, superconductivity and general relativity.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • Physics

    Available in Clearing

    Explore the world at sub-atomic or cosmological level with our BSc Physics degree. Apply to gain a deeper knowledge of physics and discover new concepts. Available in MPhys, BSc and FY formats.

  • Physics with Astrophysics

    Available in Clearing

    Learn to understand the underlying laws that govern the universe, from a sub-atomic to a cosmological scale. Available in MPhys and BSc formats.

  • Theoretical Physics

    Available in Clearing

    As a theoretical physicist, your mathematical skills will be enhanced to a high level – giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. Available in MPhys and BSc formats.

Postgraduate Taught

Postgraduate Research


"We got to go to CERN, we got to look around it ... it was just a fantastic experience."

Leah Cox
BSc Physics with Astrophysics


There are a galaxy of reasons to study physics and astrophysics at Hull. There are excellent employment prospects after you graduate and opportunities to get involved in research that tackles unanswered questions. All of our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics.


Our undergraduates conduct real investigative research, with some of them publishing research papers before they've even graduated.


You'll have access to Viper - one of the most powerful supercomputers in the country - giving you the opportunity to address current and cutting-edge research problems.


This is a friendly, supportive subject area. Our tutorial system and regular individual feedback ensures that you'll get the help you need throughout your studies.


We have one of the country's best records for graduate employability. A physics degree equips you for a career in many fields, including data scientist, laser systems engineering, telecommunications, IT and computing, medical physics, teaching and lecturing, and nuclear engineer.

** UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

94% of students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating**


Our research

Our staff's research interests range from the very small (quantum theory) to the very large (galaxy evolution). And between those points we carry out specialist work in condensed matter physics, organophotonics, nanophysics and light-matter interactions.

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*Guardian League Table 2022.