Teaching and learning

Student using spectrometer

The School of Physics and Astronomy provides a broad, comprehensive physics education in a friendly and modern department. Our programmes are informed by the work of leading academics, who teach our modular courses and supervise undergraduate research projects. The School is always highly rated by students in the National Student Survey (NSS) and has been voted first in London for overall satisfaction the last three years running (NSS 2014, 2015, 2016).

You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial classes. Your total contact or teaching time will be around 20 hours per week, but you are expected to spend time on independent study and coursework or lab reports. Overall this means that you should be spending 30-40 hours on your studies each week.

Explore teaching and learning in the School of Physics and Astronomy further through the links below:

School facilities




Research projects

Supporting your studies

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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.