Research programmes

Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Physics and Astronomy

UCL Physics & Astronomy is one of the top departments in the UK for graduate study (RAE 2008). Our large number of international collaborations provide opportunities to work with an international team, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, the low-frequency array (LOFAR) in northern Europe, and at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. For graduate students whose interests are more theoretical, there is access to national supercomputer facilities. In some cases, there are opportunities for students to broaden their experience by spending part of their time overseas. The wide variety of training afforded leads to a high degree of employability in many different areas.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Physics and Astronomy MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Advanced High Energy Physics MSc FT, PT
Astrophysics MSc/PG Dip FT, PT
Physics MSc/PG Dip FT, PT
Planetary Science MSc/PG Dip FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 90 staff
  • 16 taught students
  • 163 research students


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Student View

"My primary reason for applying to UCL was the strength of the High Energy Physics group's research and its reputation. The group is involved in a wide range of interesting experiments around the world."

Jonathan Davies

Degree: High Energy Physics PhD

Alumni View

"I chose to study at UCL as it is among the best universities in the field of high energy physics. The contacts I made while studying at UCL have allowed me to participate on the board of a research council and other interesting activities."

Phil Kaziewicz

Managing Director, GI Partners, 1995