Undergraduate study

Key facts about Physics at Sussex
  • learn from experts dedicated to supporting you. Physics and Astronomy at Sussex received an overall satisfaction score of 92% in the 2016 National Student Survey. 94% of our students said staff are good at explaining things. We are ranked in the top 20 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2017)
  • make use of our specialist social and study spaces and gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art teaching labs
  • study modules based on the latest research findings, with 93% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014). As part of your degree, you will contribute to new discoveries yourself, joining one of our research teams to carry out your final year project
  • learn from experts working at the forefront of the field - from developing next generation quantum technology devices, to the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Find out more about our research groups
  • choose from a range of modules to suit your specific interests - from quantum mechanics to particle physics
  • fast track your career in research by taking our research placements course and experience world-leading research through paid placements in active research groups over the summer
  • study 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
  • benefit from a range of exciting study abroad opportunities. See where you can study abroad as a Physics student.

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 Find out more about our courses by downloading the Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate leaflet  [PDF 137.64KB]

Life as a Physics student at Sussex 


Philippa's perspective

Philippa Curtis'The foundation year really is the perfect stepping stone to get into a degree in Physics. The course is great as it fills in all the gaps and gives you added confidence in the areas you already know. Having not done maths in nearly three years I had worried about the maths modules, but on arrival I found that the whole year is structured in a step by step way with plenty of opportunities to ask questions in workshops, classes and lectures.

'The foundation year also introduces you to a diverse range of people with a wide range of ages and experiences; in my year alone there are two ex-servicemen and an aircraft engineer, as well as many people that have taken time out to travel the world.

'The foundation gave me the chance to go on and do the Physics BSc which I am amazingly thankful for. The Department's atmosphere and the course as a whole meant I had a fantastic year and gave me so much to look forward to in my time at Sussex.'

Philippa Curtis
Graduate in Physics & Astronomy BSc with a foundation year

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