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A world of knowledge

Physics. It’s how the world works: from the nanoscale to the cosmological.

Here, you can help us chip away at the boundaries of knowledge.

Physics degrees at Hull are ranked Top 10 in the UK2 for Student Satisfaction, and are led by international experts who will help you gain a thorough understanding of fundamental physics and maths concepts. Our courses also give you the investigative skills to apply these concepts in new areas of science, technology and enterprise.

Highly valued by employers, a degree in physics opens doors to varied and rewarding careers in areas from research & development to accountancy and management. Over 85% of our students go into employment or further study within 15 months of graduating.3

Leah Cox BSc Physics with Astrophysics UNI-1949

1st in the UK

Physics at Hull is ranked 1st in the UK for Teaching Satisfaction,1 and 7th in the UK for Teaching Quality.3

Equal opportunities

Our award winning 'Changing Face of Physics' campaign means that Physics at Hull has one of the most diverse student populations in the country.

Impactful research

Our leading physics experts contribute to world-class research. We've authored over 700 papers in the fields of nanotechnology, laser physics and astrophysics.

Top 10 for Student Satisfaction

Physics at Hull is ranked 9th in the UK for Student Satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2024.2


Students have access to Viper, one of the UK's most powerful super computers.

A packed calendar

We run over 100 events per year, spanning a range of widening participation, diversity and curriculum-enhancing support activities.

Our research

Ranging from quantum theory to cosmology, our specialist work in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, nanophysics, magnetism and lasers makes sense of the world around us.

Our research is at the frontier of physics and is included in the top quartile of research volume growth in Nature Index 2020. We've authored more than 700 papers, which have been cited over 30,000 times.



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

Lasers and light-matter interactions

We study the physics of the interaction of light with matter and the effects of high-power lasers to solve scientific, industrial and medical problems

Nanomaterials, nanoelectronics and nanophotonics

We address key societal problems in energy, information and communications technology and health to create and develop future technologies.
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Theoretical and computational physics

We use cutting-edge theoretical methods to understand phenomena in condensed matter systems, like atoms in extreme environments and magnetic systems.

Where Physics at Hull could take you

By studying physics at Hull, you'll conduct real investigative research in areas like advanced materials, lasers and space science – tackling questions that no-one else has yet answered. And by the time you graduate, you'll be able to take the answers to those questions into your career.

You also have the option to stay on for an extra year to gain a Masters degree which meets the educational requirements for Chartered Physicist status. Our graduates have gone on to work at Rolls-Royce, Thales, QinetiQ, NPL, Reckitt, Atkins and Clyde Bergemann and others have secured places on graduate training schemes with the National Grid and the NHS, among others.

Iraj Vaezzadeh, Astrophysics student
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Leah Cox and Isobel Judson, Physics with Astrophysics students

First stop: Physics at Hull

Next stop:

Data scientist

Laser systems engineering


IT and computing

Medical physics

Nuclear engineer

State-of-the-art facilities. Internationally-recognised experts.

From supercomputers to contemporary physics laboratories, you'll gain the tools for a broad understanding of modern physics. Step onto campus and see for yourself...

Physics: a degree that can take you anywhere

Advances in new energy sources, modern medical techniques, communications and computers... they’ve all come from physicists with the knowledge to innovate and the skills to deliver.

A degree in Physics and Astrophysics opens the doors to a whole range of future prospects. You'll pick up sought after skills in everything from communication and team work to problem solving, alongside programming, maths and research experience.

Once you've graduated, you'll find a broad variety of employment opportunities available to you. Physics graduates have gone onto successful careers in fields like research and development, ICT systems analysis, education, medical physics, pharmaceuticals, scientific media and finance. 

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Think you’re not ready or right for uni? Think again…

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you may still be able to join us on a foundation year: an extra year at the start of your degree.

The foundation year has lower entry requirements to our main degree courses and is designed to boost your academic skills and subject knowledge, bringing you up to speed for a full undergraduate degree.

Foundation year entry is available on our BSc Physics course.

Go one step beyond with an integrated Masters

Our Physics, Physics with Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics courses include an integrated Masters option to continue your studies into a fourth year.

By studying a Masters, you'll further extend the depth and breadth of your physics knowledge and earn an MPhys qualification. This meets the educational requirements towards a sought-after qualification as a Chartered Physicist, which opens even more doors to future employment and research opportunities.

Your next steps

We’re here to help at every stage of your journey to university, whether you’re looking for a course, or you’re ready to apply. If you have any questions, just get in touch. You can also receive important updates from us using the form.


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1. The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

2. (9th) The Complete University Guide 2024.

3. (7th) The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.