School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Why Physics and Astronomy at Sussex?

  • We deliver an excellent student experience...

    ...which is why we are consistently rated one of the best Physics and Astronomy departments in the UK (Source: NSS).

  • Our department is a lively, friendly and inspiring place to be...

    ...our students are already benefiting from our extensively refurbished social and study spaces and our new state-of-the-art teaching labs. 
    Find out about our new labs

    What our students think 

  • 93% of our research was assessed as world leading or internationally recognised (REF 2014). You will work alongside our world-class researchers who bring their expertise to all our teaching...

    ...and have the opportunity to contribute to new discoveries yourself, when you join one of our research teams to carry out your individual final year project. The Research Groups

  • Our unique Research Placement courses... other university in the UK offers a comparable course.
    Find out about our Research Placements

  • At Sussex you will mix with the best... will be studying with like-minded, hard-working physicists, enabling you to fulfil your true potential. Our students have won SET Student of the Year twice and Physics Student of the year three times.

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We are a member of SEPnet (South East Physics Network), a partnership of nine Physics departments within the South East region of England, working together to advance and sustain Physics as a strategically important subject for the UK economy and its science base in the region.

Student Heinrich Wilsenach talks about his MPhys in Physics

Vacancies available

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. Get all our latest news & events here.

Here is a collection of photos of the JCMT during another @SussexUni visit to Hawai'i's Mauna Kea in 2014:… [3/3]

JCMT is in Hawai’i & regularly used by @SussexUni astronomers & will become the East Asian Observatory to continue doing great science! 2/3

James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on its last night as a UK telescope: @SussexUni astronomers @Astronomnomy & @ridwanb are at the controls… 1/3

RT @craftynugget: Should be sunny all day tomorrow in Falmer and Brighton, this will be good for @PhysicsAtSussex tours!… Our students are inspirational in myriad ways - Peter Hurley, who graduates today, has battled CF during his PhD.

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