Studying Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Hull offers:
- A research portfolio that ranked in the top quartile in the country, in terms of its Internationally Excellent and World-Leading research, as per the recent Research Excellence Framework 2021 results.
- Excellent employment prospects after graduation: including data scientist, laser systems engineering, telecommunications, IT and computing, medical physics, teaching and lecturing, and nuclear engineer.
- 91% Graduate Employability, as per the 2022 Guardian League Table, ranking 15th out of 51 Physics providers in the UK.
- Opportunities to get involved in research that tackles unanswered questions. Our undergraduates conduct real investigative research, with some of them publishing research papers before they've even graduated.
- Courses that are accredited by the Institute of Physics.
- Access to Viper – one of the most powerful supercomputers in the country – giving students opportunities to address current and cutting-edge research problems.
- A friendly, supportive subject area. The tutorial system and regular individual feedback ensures students get the help they need throughout your studies.
Outreach: E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics
Since 2015, the Milne Centre has run more than 700 education and public outreach events, creating long-term relationships across and beyond Northern England. This activity contributes to the UK’s Industrial Strategy by inspiring, engaging and, for some, training a STEM – and digitally-literate workforce. The Centre’s science communication has reached nearly 3 million people, including 50,000 students at more than 70 schools, with influence designed to stretch long into the future.
Nationally, the Milne Centre has delivered outreach at venues such as the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the British Science Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, Pint of Science, TEDx, the National Media Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Milne members have presented award lectures including the IOP’s John Porter Memorial Lecture, Hampshire’s Ray Bootland Memorial Lecture, Glasgow’s Leon Davies Lecture, and Manchester’s Bexwyke Lecture.
The Milne Centre provides Career Professional Development (CPD) training to both regional (100+) and international (20+) school teachers, via the RCUK Teachers scheme, Institute of Physics Regional Days, and a strong relationship with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Education Team. The mobile planetarium supplements these CPD events, having reached 5,000 students since 2015, and demonstrates how the University’s research can be used to enhance curriculum provision.
The Centre has provided 30+ work experience opportunities to under-represented groups from the region: they engage with data-mining simulation suites – providing a powerful added value to their career development.
In a region where girls can be diverted from STEM subjects, the Milne Centre is working with schools to change preconceived images of Physics and to redress the gender balance in the discipline. The Centre has linked with regional colleges to recruit girls from the lower IMD quintiles into intensive work experience opportunities; over 30 girls from across the region have benefitted from this opportunity.
The Changing Face of Physics campaign was highlighted in the recent REF2021 for its international excellence and world leading impact.
A follow-up campaign – Breaking Barriers – aims to widen participation with a focus on LGBTQ+, racial, religious and socio-economic diversity.
The University of Hull is committed to social justice and building an inclusive society. Driven by its vision to create a fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future, the University is working to provide solutions to global challenges associated with climate change as well as widening social inclusion – shaping a society that is built on equity, integrity and respect, tackling inequalities and ensuring that every member of its community feels, valued, respected and supported.
* Guardian University rankings 2022.