School facilities

The School has some outstanding new facilities, many of which were fitted as part of an £12m refurbishment on 2014. As well as those listed below, you will be able to make use of QMUL facilities across our Mile End campus (take a virtual tour), including the library, study spaces, computer rooms and lecture theatres. You will also have access to a wealth of resources through the University's membership of the University of London, including enhanced library access, careers support and sports provisions. 


School of Physics and Astronomy rooftop obeservatory

Fitted with equipment for night-time and day-time (solar) observing, the School observatory allows access to very high level astronomical imaging equipment for use in undergraduate projects. The motorised dome houses a Celestron C14 and Coronado Starmax telescopes. These two payloads are fitted to an automated Paramount MEII tracking mount with guidance software, allowing instant targeting and tracking of an extensive catalogue of known astronomical objects. Read more on the School's observatory pages.

Teaching lab

Physics and Astronomy taching lab

Built for undergraduate students to use in practical modules and project work, the teaching lab features a host of modern physics equipment including X-ray sources, spectral emission tubes, radioactive sources and detectors and open source electronics hardware.

Research labs

Students working in the wet chemistry lab

Primarily used for academic research, the School's professional lab facilities can also be used by some undergraduate students for their final year research projects. Facilities include the ATLAS lab for use in  prototyping particle detector hardware, the materials and wet chemistry labs (pictured) for use in material physics research, laser lab, x-ray diffraction/crystallography facilities, and a muon physics lab.

Lecture theatre

School of Physics and Astronomy lecture theatre

The School has its own lecture theatre, providing a convenient teaching space for physics and astronomy students. You will also be taught in a number of other lecture theatres within one or two minutes walk of the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Physics museum

The physics museum at QMUL

At the heart of the School of Physics and Astronomy is the "Physics Museum" a shared social and study space where academic staff and students of all levels can chat, study or eat their lunch. The space is used for social events run by the physics society as well Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions. The museum also houses some exhibits from each of the school's four research groups.

Juno Champion

The school holds Juno Champion status, the highest award of this IoP scheme to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.