UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


About the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Physics and Astronomy Department at UCL is located in the heart of the historical area of Bloomsbury. UCL Physics & Astronomy is among the top departments in the UK for this subject area: UCL is consistently placed in the global top 20 across a wide range of university rankings - and is currently 8th in the QS World University Rankings 2020, and 4th in the UK for Physics & Astronomy.

We have forged an internationally renowned reputation for being at the forefront of world leading research and providing high class teaching. Those joining us can expect to be part of a dynamic community of Physicists and Astronomers whose enthusiasm for science and innovation is exceptional.

Equality and Diversity

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and Wellbeing

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity throughout our department.


Discover more about our department's rich history and noted alumni.

Annual Review

Annual review

Read about the activities within the Physics and Astronomy department in our Annual Reviews.

New starters can find out what to expect when they join and lots more helpful introductory information on UCL's Welcome Space.