UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Postgraduate Degrees

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.

Our large number of international collaborations provide opportunities to work with an international team, including at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) in Chile, and at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble.

Graduate students whose interests are more theoretical also have ample opportunities to gain experience overseas by interacting with a wide variety of international collaborations, some aimed at development of future quantum technologies, others at fundamental atomic and molecular physics or the foundations of quantum theory. The wide variety of training afforded leads to a high degree of employability in many different areas.

We offer the following postgraduate taught degrees, leading to a Master in Science (MSc) qualification:

Nanotechnology (run by the London Centre for Nanotechnology)
Planetary Science
Quantum Technologies
Scientific and Data Intensive Computing