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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 first in the UK for student satisfaction, and our Physics and Theoretical Physics courses are ranked fifth.*

Our degree courses - all ranked top five for teaching* - 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

    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

    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

    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

  • MSc Artificial Intelligence


    Advance your knowledge of artificial intelligence and get ready to lead in this fast-moving field on our part-time, online MSC Artificial Intelligence course.

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


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.

You can further boost your employment prospects by taking part in our 'WRIPA+' project. Funded by an Office for Students grant and led by Hull as part of our partnership with the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA), it provides opportunities for you to gain experience and connect with potential employers.

** UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2019/20, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2022

90% 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.

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

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* National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only