Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate study

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.
    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.

Student labs

Read more about our new student labs.

Department of Physics and Astronomy group photo 2015Department of Physics and Astronomy, September 2015

Physicists strive to understand the fundamental laws of nature and the origin of the universe. Knowledge of physics not only leads to a profound understanding of the physical world but also provides a platform for developing new and innovative ideas – the technology we use in our daily lives is based upon the laws of physics. Studying physical principles, you will discover how to explain and predict the properties of complex systems, from subatomic particles to distant galaxies.

We offer a wide range of degree courses (refer to our 2016 Undergraduate Prospectus) which also include information on how to apply) to suit individual skills and interests in a close-knit and sociable department. You will learn from inspiring and enthusiastic teaching staff, many of whom are directly involved in cutting-edge research. This ensures you are taken to the very forefront of current understanding. Our courses are constantly being updated to reflect the latest developments, and our teaching methods are consistently innovative: here's just one example. We have well-established exchange programmes with universities in North America and Sweden.

Our Department is welcoming and supportive, with faculty members and students working side by side to create a first-class environment in which to study, making your years at Sussex the truly great journey a university experience should be.

Physics UG leaflet front cover Found out more about our courses, activities and services and read about some of our alumni.

Download the Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate leaflet [PDF 3.06MB]

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If you require further information, contact:

Admissions Tutor
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Sussex, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9QH, UK
+44 (0)1273 678557
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