UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Research Groups

UCL's Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top departments in the UK for graduate study. Physics research at UCL is answering some of the most fundamental questions about the physical universe.

Astrophysics (Astro)


Astrophysics research focuses on massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation.

Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP)

Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP)


AMOPP research explores the physics of molecules and quantum systems, quantum information, ultracold atoms and molecules, ultrafast laser spectroscopy and strong laser interactions, positrons and positronium interactions with matter.

Biophysics (BioP)


The BioP group probes the physics of biological systems and of underlying properties of soft matter, including both experimental and theoretical work.

Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CMMP)


CMMP research includes both experimentalists and theorists and covers a wide range of topics; from quantum information processing to the underlying mechanisms of smell, and from superconductivity to radiation damage in materials.

High Energy Physics (HEP)


High energy particle physics is about looking at extremely small sizes, or equivalently at extremely high energies. Its teaches us about the underlying nature of the physical universe, and the forces and laws that govern its development, from the first moments of the big bang, through to the present day, and far into the future.



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