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...

    ...In the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS), our students rated physics and astronomy at Sussex 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction with their course.

  • 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 

  • You will work alongside our world-leading researchers...

    ...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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RT @DarrenBaskill: This is the problem with working at @PhysicsAtSussex @SussexUni - they send you to Hawai'i to work nights...

@plsplsplsme there, but it not it will be in your welcome pack (as it was for me five years ago!) I hope you have a fab time here!

@plsplsplsme… is Q-Soc, our physics society. Do you have a Sussex Direct username yet? If so timetable might be up...

@plsplsplsme Oh, I've just realized you only asked for BSc - I'd say around 20-60. Lots of students swap between degrees up until 3rd year.

@plsplsplsme schools and colleges (which is paid!) to show off some cool physics and interesting experiments and engage people of all ages.

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