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Why choose physics?

Why choose physics?

Are you passionate and curious about the world around us?

Studying Physics at Royal Holloway gives an insight into the fundamental way the world works. You will study with world-leading scientists, on a beautiful university campus close to London. As a subject with one of the highest graduate employment rates, Physics graduates can apply skills to excel in any chosen career.

5 reasons to study physics at university?
  1. Physics helps you to understand the world around you, and satisfy your curiosity.
  2. Studying physics develops your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  3. Physicists are versatile, which opens a wide range of future careers.
  4. Physics is a global enterprise and offers you the opportunity to work abroad, or in international research collaborations.
  5. Physics drives technology advancements, impacting society, the environment and the economy.
Why study physics at Royal Holloway? 

Our flexible degree programmes are designed to cover core modern physics in the early years, with a wide range of options allowing you to pursue your own interests as you gain more knowledge. In particular, the final year of the MSci programme offers a choice of nearly 50 Intercollegiate courses (4th-year options are shared between Royal Holloway, UCL, KCL and QMUL)

  • Royal Holloway has one of the best student-staff ratio among UK physics departments, this underpins our supportive approach to study and means our students receive excellent individual advice.
  • High-quality teaching, delivered by research pioneers, who are internationally recognised experts in their field. 86% world leading or Internationally excellent accorded to REF2014.
  • Small group teaching involves weekly meetings with your personal tutor, problem classes and research projects embedded within the research activities of the department.
  • Best for overall student satisfaction in the University of London according to the NSS.
  • Studying in our State of the art facilities (SuperFab, London Low Temp Lab, Dark Matter Laboratories)

Excellent employability. 97% of recent graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months (DLHE 2018)  This outstanding result is aided by our dedicated employability officer, who provides continuous career guidance and skills training through your degree, alumni talks and industry specialist talks by sector experts coupled to a wide range of summer placement schemes to deliver exceptionally competitive graduates. Visit Your Future Career webpage for details on possible career paths.

Royal Holloway Physicists played a role in the observation of neutrino oscillations,  which was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics and The 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

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