School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy received an overall satisfaction score of 91% in the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2015) and is now ranked 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2016).

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. Physics and Astronomy at Sussex received an overall satisfaction score of 91% in the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2015). We are now ranked in the top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2016) .

  • 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 and fantastic exchange programme opportunities... other university in the UK offers a comparable course.
    Find out about our Research Placements and exchange programmes

  • 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.

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Vacancies available

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  • 2 December 2015

    MA Masterclass

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    Study Direct: Digital Collaboration

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