Mathematical & Physical Sciences


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Mathematical & Physical Sciences

The Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences encompasses the logical, experimental and mathematical study of our Universe. The Faculty is an internationally renowned centre for both theoretical and applied research and a centre of educational excellence.

Front-line research feeds directly into our teaching programmes, and our students benefit from access to first-class laboratory facilities.

News from UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Exploring the physics of chocolate fountains

A UCL mathematics student has found that the falling 'curtain' of chocolate in a chocolate fountain surprisingly pulls inwards rather than going straight downwards because of surface tension.

Published: Nov 25, 2015 10:20:18 AM

First direct sightings of low-energy positronium collisions

Positrons are the antimatter counterpart to electrons with which they annihilate releasing gamma-rays. In addition to their importance in our fundamental understanding of nature, studies of their interactions with ordinary everyday matter allow us, for example, to investigate crystal structures and to obtain functional images of human organs using the medical scan technique of positron emission tomography (PET). In many collisions of positrons with matter, positronium (Ps) is formed.

Published: Nov 25, 2015 9:56:34 AM

Malcolm Chisholm FRS

Sadly, Professor Malcolm Chisholm FRS passed away last week. Malcolm had been ill for some time and succumbed to cancer on Friday at the age of 70. Malcolm was an inspirational inorganic chemist to all and collaborated extensively with people in the chemsitry department at UCL- especially Prof Robin Clark and Prof Ivan Parkin. He was part of the international advisory board for the UCL chemistry department and was to chair the next external assessment of the department.

Published: Nov 24, 2015 11:31:08 AM

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Natural Sciences degrees

Natural Sciences

BSc and MSci

The faculty's flagship degree programme, Natural Sciences, combines courses from across the mathematical, physical and life sciences into a single, innovative cross-disciplinary degree.

Natural Science degrees

Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees


The faculty offers a broad range of single-subject science degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our subject areas are:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Space and Climate Physics
  • Statistical Science

Undergraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees