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Prospective students


We’re one of the most respected centres for Physics teaching and research in the UK. The department has an international reputation for its research and excellent record of teaching. 

We help students develop into well-rounded, enthusiastic and highly capable physicists through our supportive environment that emphasises fundamental understanding, achievement and skill development while catering for individual needs. We teach modern Physics within a traditional high-quality framework.

Why study Physics with us?

Quality teaching

We emphasise the most up-to-date and exciting modern physics taught by internationally-recognised experts in their fields.  

We teach Physics in an understandable and rigorous style through small group tutorials, problem-solving classes, lectures, laboratory and computing assignments, teamwork, and one-to-one teaching in our research and teaching facilities. 

94 per cent of our students said their course is intellectually stimulating (NSS 2016)

Teaching informed by world-class research

Our research programmes are focused primarily on Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Nanophysics, Condensed Matter and Theoretical Physics. 

Research is carried out in our department as well as at major international laboratories such as CERN, ISIS and DIAMOND, and through research collaborations with institutions worldwide. Our research experience positively influences our teaching.

Excellent employability prospects

96 per cent of our graduates go on to work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016). Students benefit from our links with international research laboratories and partner universities, especially through a strong programme of summer internships. 

The value we place on transferable skills such as communication, analysis and problem-solving means our graduates find employment in many fields.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our world-class research laboratories are devoted to the search for Dark Matter, building next generation particle accelerators and enabling discoveries in Nanophysics, quantum devices, ultra-low temperatures, superconductors, new materials and other frontiers. 

Students study in our research laboratories in their final year. On the roof of our department is our astronomical observatory, dedicated to undergraduate study.

Our emphasis on small group teaching

We provide a small, friendly environment together with a high staff-to-student ratio and smaller classes. Our Open-Door policy enables students to seek individual advice and support as necessary. 

Flexible degrees

We offer a full range of Physics degree programmes, including three-year (BSc) and four-year (MSci) degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes. 

Our degree programmes are based on a modular system that maximises your choice of options.

Our active Physics Society

PhysSoc is the students’ own society. They organise days and nights out, social and scientific interest events and provide one of the mechanisms by which the ‘student voice’ is heard.

It is one of the first points of contact on arrival, allowing students to immediately help each other out and make new friends.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Students have access to seminars and special lectures - introducing you to exciting, cutting-edge aspects of Physics not normally covered in an undergraduate curriculum. There are also opportunities to get involved with extensive outreach activities.

Every Royal Holloway student can also participate in our Passport Award Scheme, which awards you points for the completion of a range of activities, such as volunteering, tutoring or educational support. Your points are recorded and you'll be rewarded for your hard work at the annual Passport Award ceremony.



PhD Opportunities

MSc Opportunities

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