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We’re one of the most respected centres for Physics teaching and research in the UK, highest​ ranked in London by the Guardian in their 2019 and 2020 League Tables and by the Times Good University Guide 2020.

Our students develop into talented, enthusiastic and highly employable physicists through our supportive environment emphasising fundamental understanding of physics, achievement and skill development. There is a strong focus on individual personal development, with the best staff-student ratio of any UK physics department we can cater for individual interests and needs.

Our teaching is ranked first in London for overall student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey (NSS). The department is committed to the best possible outcomes for all our students, including women and underrepresented minorities. This commitment has been recognised by the award of the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno Champion status and Athena Swan Silver.

The physics department is a founding member of the SEPnet consortium of 9 departments in the South East of England. SEPnet's aims are to promote physics as a key strategic discipline. An important element of SEPnet for undergraduates is the employability activities, including meetings, workshops and most important industrial and academic placements. For post-graduate students, SEPnet provides important training via GRADnet


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