Why choose Bristol?

Researchers at Bristol are involved in cutting-edge research in areas such as astrophysics, particle physics, superconductors and quantum computing. In your Bristol degree you will be taught by experts from all of our research themes, and get directly involved in our research in your laboratory and project work. You'll join a welcoming community in our grade-II listed Physics building, with the best Physics student society in the country.


Our students benefit from a wide range of options to choose from, enabling them to specialise in the areas of Physics they find most fascinating. Here, some of our students and staff choose their favourite parts of the course.


Bristol Physics is ranked 4th in the country for our research (REF 2014, research intensity). You will be taught by the world's leading experts in their fields, such as Prof. Sandu Popescu, a pioneer in the study of quantum teleportation, and Dr. Hannah Wakeford, who is at the frontier of studying the atmospheres of extra-solar planets.

You will have the opportunity to perform your own research in one of our many specialist areas in your final year research project. These address real research questions and the most successful have led to scientific publications co-authored by our students.


The Physics student society Chaos is one of the biggest in the University and organise varied social events and run the dedicated student cafe in Physics. Chaos operate a ‘parenting’ scheme matching first-years with more experienced students, so you’ll join an in-built community from day one. Chaos have won numerous awards for their activities, including the best overall student society at the national student awards 2019.

Image credit: Chaos Society, Bristol University Student Union


Our curriculum is designed with input from some of our leading employers to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to be a highly successful graduate. You will develop scientific and technical skills including coding and data analysis, as well as transferable skills such as problem solving, presenting, communicating, numeracy, creativity and resilience.

You will have the opportunity to work directly with employers through a year-long placement on our Physics with Industrial Experience programme, or through an Industrial Group Project for BSc Physics students. You might choose to work with a local school in our Physics Education unit, or specialise in scientific computing on one of our Physics with Scientific Computing degrees.

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