Public Lecture on Exoplanets

Professor Richard Nelson in the QMUL Observatory

The next in our series of public lectures will be on Wed 21 Oct at 18:00 and will given by Professor Richard Nelson, who will be discussing the 20 years of research in extrasolar planets. More on this event and how to reserve your free place can be found here.

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture: Material Miracles

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture: Material Miracles

The QMUL Inaugural Lecture Series gives you the opportunity to meet our professors.

Professor William Gillin, Professor of Experimental Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, will be holding his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, with a drinks reception to follow. The lecture will take place in Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus.

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture will look at how technological breakthroughs are based on developments in the fabrication of new materials. This lecture will highlight some examples of the ways materials have influenced the modern world and go on to explain the current research that may lead to future miracles.

Welcome Week 2015

Welcome to the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students in September 2015. These pages will contain all of the most recent information to assist with your enrolment at Queen Mary. Please check back regularly as more information and links will be added on a regular basis. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us either via email at physics [at] or via telephone at 020 7882 6417.


The QMUL Particle Physics Research Center (PPRC) is hosting the QCD@LHC conference, from the 1st to 5th of September. With the discovery of the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) providing collisions at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, high-energy physics has entered a new era. The main goals of the LHC are the detailed exploration of the Higgs properties and the extensive exploration of the energy frontier in the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. At the LHC, uncertainties are dominated by strong interaction physics, Quantum Chromodynamics(QCD).

National Student Survey Results 2015

Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked first in London for student satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to the results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, including their overall satisfaction.  Physics and Astronomy students at Queen Mary had a 95% satisfaction rate, amongst some of the highest in the country.   Our students are also amongst the most satisfied in the Russell Group with satisfaction rates in the top quartile for all physics programmes. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy strives to provide a friendly supportive environment and is committed to the highest levels of teaching and student support.  

STFC's Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Lord Rutherford of Nelson

STFC's prestigious five-year fellowships are open to early career researchers of any nationality in the areas of Astronomy, Solar and Planetary Science, Cosmology, Particle Astrophysics and Particle Physics (including String Theory). As the number of applications from each institution is limited by STFC, the School of Physics and Astronomy will be supporting four applicants across the Astronomy, Particle Physics and String Theory research groups. Researchers in the area of astronomy who wish to be supported in their applications by the School should submit a draft case for support, CV and publication list by the end of Monday 14th August 2017. Decisions about which candidates will be supported will be made by the end of Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

Juno Champion

Institute of Physics Juno Champion

QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.

The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider monitors proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV, the highest collision energy ever achieved

Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Center (PPRC), involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing cluster, are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC as CERN announces the successful collisions of proton beams with a total energy of 13 TeV.

Last night, on May 20th 2015 at around 10:30pm the Beams Division operating CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) initiated the collision of pilot proton beams with a record collision energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV) for the first time. The low-intensity beams are currently used to tune the accelerator parameters ahead of the beginning of the LHC Run 2.