Sir William Henry Bragg Building exterior

Our facilities in the School of Physics and Astronomy will enable you to build upon your expertise, giving you a solid understanding of how to use facilities in the sector. This means you can confidently take the next steps in industry or further study when you graduate.

Purpose-built teaching facilities 

You'll be based in the Sir William Henry Bragg Building – an impressive development bringing together our friendly, supportive and diverse community of students, researchers and academics to collaborate in the same modern space. 

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Our laboratories used by undergraduate and Masters students are equipped with the latest technology for practical, hands-on learning. This hands-on approach features across our Physics and Physics and Astronomy courses. 

Astrophysics students have access to our observatory, situated at the top of the Sir William Henry Bragg building. This purpose-built facility includes two 35cm telescopes, complete with sensitive CCD detectors capable of multi-wavelength imaging.

Our dedicated collaborative theory lab spaces enable students and academics to come together and engage in collaborative work enabling a deeper understanding of physical systems. This will allow you to join a community of researchers committed to exploring theoretical physics and leveraging state-of-the-art resources for comprehensive academic growth. 

Take a virtual 360 tour of our Physics Study Zone, First Year Lab, Second Year lab, and Dark Room

Bragg building foyer

Physics undergraduate lab

Lecture theatres that optimise your learning 

You’ll learn through a combination of taught and practical sessions, with access to the following facilities: 

  • Large and modern lecture theatres, with wheelchair access 
  • Multiple seminar rooms for teaching smaller classes and undertaking group meetings 
  • Latest audio-visual technology and presentation equipment 
  • Lecture capture recording allows you to view presentations after they have happened. 

Chemical engineering lecture theatre

Innovative research laboratories 

If you study a postgraduate degree or decide to undertake an integrated Masters, you may have the opportunity to work in our research-grade labs

During your final research project, you may also have access to some of our research-grade equipment used by our academics and researchers at the forefront of science. 

Study facilities that support your work 

From 24-hour computer clusters, libraries and silent study areas when you need to finish an assignment without interruptions to interactive spaces, cafes and group rooms for collaborative project work — there’s always somewhere to go on campus to suit your study preference. 

Take a virtual 360 tour of our campus and facilities. 

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