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Physics and Astronomy - Introduction


The study of physics covers both fundamental and applied fields, and spans the phenomena of very small systems such as elementary particles to the very largest systems found in astronomy. Physics is an essential part of everyday life: when we turn on a light, listen to a CD, or check the weather forecast, we are reaping the practical benefits of generations of physics research.

Study in physics at UCL is provided by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and is based on topics recommended by the Institute of Physics , providing a transition from school to university level study. Astrophysics courses include evening practicals and observational work at the University of London Observatory (ULO) at Mill Hill, in north London.

Among the many telescopes used for teaching astrophysics undergraduates, there are two with 24-inch aperture, and pride of place goes to the unique Radcliffe twin refractor (24-inch + 18-inch). Most of the larger telescopes are equipped with computer control, for precise positional guidance.

Good passes in Advanced GCE-level physics and mathematics (or equivalent) would be expected from students choosing any one of the following physics streams:


For more information on the option courses offered by Physics and Astronomy please visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy website.

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