Why study Physics at Heriot-Watt?
Our degrees allow you to study dynamics, electromagnetic fields and optics before discovering the quantum world of subatomic particles, the unique nature of laser light, and the philosophically challenging ideas of quantum physics and astrophysics.
Specialist courses on Biophysics, Nanophotonics, Fibre-Optic Communications and Quantum Mechanics reflect the current research areas of our leading experts.
You will learn to conduct research in our labs and benefit from our many industrial partnerships to prepare for a career in engineering, technology and data science, as well as in pure physics, theoretical physics and mathematics.
Undergraduate Physics programmes
We are ranked 5th in Scotland and 20th in the UK for Physics by the Times Good University Guide 2023.
There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.
Take a 360 degree tour of the equipment available to Physics, Photonics and Quantum students within our Quantum Photonics Laboratory, Clean Room and Microfabrication centre and Horizon Laser Facility.
Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.
If you’re studying at any of our UK campuses, you can transfer to Dubai or Malaysia for a semester, a year or longer through our Go Global programme. We also offer European and international study exchange destinations.
At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!
We are accredited by the following organisations
At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.