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LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.
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About the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Fluorescent liquid. Photo by D. Lewis (UCL Chemistry)


The Faculty is part of the BEAMS School which comprises the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and MAPS.

Encompassing the logical, experimental and mathematical study of our universe, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UCL consists of departments highly rated for research excellence.  The faculty also provides a base for a number of research centres: these facilitate in-depth and interdisciplinary research through collaboration between experts within MAPS, and in related areas in Engineering Sciences and Life Sciences. In addition, the Faculty has its own interdepartmental degree programme: Natural Sciences.

Front-line research feeds directly into our teaching programmes, and our students benefit from access to first-class laboratory facilities.  All MAPS departments are involved in teaching.  The faculty offers an array of three-year BSc and four-year Masters-level MSci degrees in emerging as well as more traditional academic areas.  

For graduate students, the faculty offers programmes ranging from one-year taught MSc degrees, through MRes (research masters) to 3/4 year PhD and EngD doctoral research degrees.

Study mathematical and physical sciences at UCL

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