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

UCL researcher wins Aminoff Prize

Professor Ian Robinson of the LCN has been awarded the 2015 Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography.

Published: Sep 16, 2014 9:43:18 AM

UCL awarded research funds for electric vehicle technologies

Scientists at UCL are part of a consortium awarded a multi-million pound grant to develop electric vehicle technologies. The ELEVATE (electrochemical vehicle advanced technology) project, led at UCL by Dan Brett and Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering), along with Prof Jawwad Darr (UCL Chemistry) and colleagues at Loughborough, Warwick, Southampton and Oxford universities. The group in UCL Chemistry will be supporting the work to develop new high capacity and high performance anode and cathode Li ion battery materials using its pilot plant nanoparticle synthesis facility (pictured above).

Published: Sep 10, 2014 9:13:41 AM

Illuminating illumination: what lights up the universe?

New research from UCL shows that we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos. A full understanding is long sought-after, because the intensity and distribution of the light changes everything from galaxies that trace dark matter to scraps of gas that probe dark energy. UCL cosmologists Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris (both UCL Physics & Astronomy), together with collaborators at Princeton and Barcelona Universities, have shown how forthcoming astronomical surveys will reveal the illuminating sources. Their study is published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Published: Aug 27, 2014 10:06:08 AM

Faculty Teaching Awards 2014

I am delighted to be able to announce the winners of the MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2014.  The panel received a strong field of nominations for two categories.

Published: Jul 22, 2014 4:19:15 PM

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