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Physics impacts on all aspects of our technological society, from high-speed fibre optic telecommunications and ultra-fast computing to solar cells and nuclear power.

We deal in fascinating ideas about the fundamental nature of the physical world such as the way the very fabric of space and time is revealed by relativity, or the mysterious quantum world of sub-atomic particles.

The relevance of our courses to today's competitive industrial world is due in large part to our highly successful research programme covering areas such as lasers, semiconductor optoelectronics, nanotechnology, medical physics and quantum computing.

Undergraduate programmes

Our undergraduate programmes reflect our research interests coupled with strong industry links to offer programmes that are designed with flexibility and choice so that you can explore the areas of most interest to you.

We take a caring interest in each individual student and our aim is to ensure that you realise your full potential and use your degree as a springboard for your chosen career.

Find out more at the University open days, of get a more detailed perspective on one of our Physics open days.

Our research

We are a founding member of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) with our multidisciplinary research spanning a broad range of activities including atomic, molecular and condensed matter physics, photonics and applied optics.

Our Academic staff are also members of our research institutes that best reflect their expertise, with the majority of our staff in the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences and the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bio-engineering

Postgraduate programmes

Our postgraduate programmes reflect our expertise in optics, photonics, and nano-technology.

PhD research study is organised by our research institutes:

Industrial aligned EngD research is organised by the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Optics and Photonics Technologies.