Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham

We are one of the largest Physics departments in the country. The Institute of Physics, who accredit our programmes, highlighted the diverse choice, the importance placed on skills and the academic and personal support in our degrees.

Here are just a few reasons we think studying Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham is the right choice for you:

  • We are 1st in the UK for Graduate Employability (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16).
  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2018.e are 1st in the UK for Graduate.
  • We have a range of degree programmes including specialised courses with many optional modules allowing you to tailor your course to your interests. Third and fourth year projects are delivered by research active staff in a wide range of areas across Physics.
  • Our world class department includes researchers working on the LHC at CERN, in the LIGO collaboration detecting Gravitational Waves and in 2016 Professors David Thouless and Mike Kosterlitz won the Nobel Prize for Physics for work they completed at the University of Birmingham.

Ellie, Jess and Will have created a vlog about life as a Physics and Astronomy student at the University of Birmingham:

Excellent career prospects

Graduating with a degree in Physics from Birmingham leaves your choice of career wide open. You may go on to apply your physics knowledge directly in a scientific environment, or you might be employed in a high-profile job for your problem solving and computational skills, in the worlds of finance and information technology. We organise Physics specific careers events, where representatives from companies come to talk to, and recruit our students.

Inspirational teaching

We value small-group teaching - the small group environment encourages active participation and a new found confidence in talking the language of physics - our students enjoy the benefits of weekly tutorials in their first two years in groups of a maximum of four students, as well as skill-development sessions and problem-based learning classes.

Social atmosphere and engaged students 

The School has a number of student-led societies which bring students together for both social and careers-focused events. The Poynting Physical Society is the oldest student society at Birmingham. GUTS (Grand Unified Theorist Society) brings together theorists from all stages of their careers, and AstroSoc is for anyone with an interest in astronomy.

We also have a student-led Facebook group for all offer holders that lets you meet other applicants, as well as finding out more about what it's like to study Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham. If you haven't already joined, why not join us now?