Physics and Astronomy research

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90% of School of Physics and Astronomy's research outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent

The School of Physics and Astronomy’s performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in the UK higher education institutions, has highlighted that 90% of research outputs in the School were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Our research portfolio is wide-ranging, and covers three principal themes: Particle and Nuclear Physics; Quantum Matter and Nanoscale Science; and Astronomy. We have over 120 academic and research staff together with 120 graduate students with around 50 technical and clerical support staff. Our annual research income is over £8 million and more than 250 research publications are produced each year.

Enquiries for additional details on research should be addressed directly to the heads of the research groups, with copies to the Head of School at

Research spotlight

Research themes

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