Why physics at Sussex?

  • Sussex Physics will support your career development from day one.

    With a careers module organised by recruitment experts, as well as careers fairs, forums, and a dedicated Careers Officer, it’s no wonder our graduate employment prospects are ranked 1st in the UK (Times/Sunday Times 2017).

  • Our down-to-earth lecturers are friendly and approachable.

    Our Physics lecturers have an open-door policy, and their dedicated approach to teaching fosters the best environment for student success. This is one of the reasons 90% of our MPhys Physics graduates graduate with a first or upper second class degree (source: Unistats 2016).

  • Sussex is renowned for its ground-breaking physics research.

    From year one, you will be learning first hand from world-leading physicists with research specialisms including technology of the future (quantum computing, state-of-the-art detectors), making the invisible visible (neutrinos, particles generated in the Large Hadron Collider, hidden components of galaxies, the fabric of the universe), and understanding physics at its most extreme (black holes, inflation). You will work alongside our expert faculty on ground-breaking discoveries, via research placements, summer projects and in research labs. 

  • Become a specialist in physics whilst building up the skills needed to make you a versatile and sought-after professional.

    You will learn the core foundation of physics before going on to diversify your studies with options including advanced modules in atomic physics, solid-state physics, nuclear and particle physics, and astrophysics. Our students have won SET Student of the Year twice and Physics Student of the Year three times.

  • No other university in the UK offers a comparable course to our MPhys with a research placement.

    Study Physics and Astronomy at Sussex and you will find a unique learning environment that brings the best and brightest students into contact with the frontiers of research as quickly as possible – undergraduates on our research placement courses spend their summers working in close contact with world-leading physicists and astronomers.

  • Forge links with industry.

    Sussex is a member of the South East Physics Network SEPnet, 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. We have good relationships with employers through SEPnet and in 2014 were awarded the Athena SWAN award for supporting women in science.

  • Sussex Physics is a friendly, supportive department with a welcoming atmosphere.

    Our students enjoy our extensively refurbished social and study spaces, where students and faculty alike can meet, debate and exchange ideas. The new state-of-the-art teaching labs offer brand new, flexible furniture and space that is designed around the needs of an increasing number of students and teaching faculty, thus creating a more stimulating and friendly study environment.

Student labs

Andrew's perspective

Andrew Trim

'Physics is one of the most fundamental subjects. It allows us to understand weird and wonderful phenomena as well as allowing us to understand events which occur every day. It's one of the most challenging subjects to study and requires lots of work and effort, but as a result is also the most rewarding.

'Physics sets you up for after you finish university with a large skill base for many workplaces. This is a reason physicists are wanted by employers. It's a really great subject and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.'

Andrew Trim
Physics BSc student