Our reputation

A physics PhD student in the labs at the University of Leeds

Leeds is ranked in the top 100 in the world, QS World University Rankings 2022

The School of Physics and Astronomy has a long history of award-winning and impactful research and teaching. William H Bragg conducted his Nobel Prize-winning research at Leeds and we’re able to lay claim to the development of Bragg's Law for X-Ray Diffraction, the origin and nature of magnetism, the creation of Barr and Stroud, spintronics, microbubbles and many other great accomplishments.

We have just over 600 students from 35 countries studying with us.

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

Our achievements

  • 87% overall student satisfaction for physics, National Student Survey 2020
  • The University of Leeds is among the top 100 universities, QS World University Rankings 2022
  • The University of Leeds was named University of the Year in 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide
  • University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2021, High Fliers Research
  • We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities

Athena SWAN Silver award

We have been commended for our strong and continued commitment to gender equality in the form of a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award. Find out more about our commitment to supporting women in STEM.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Over 90% of our research activity was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and we are top 5 nationally for research impact.

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Physics

  • 3.16 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 91% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 89.8% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Accreditation

Our undergraduate Physics, Theoretical Physics and Physics with Astrophysics courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Accreditation is the means by which the IOP monitors the content and standard of physics degrees and keeps the wider community of physicists informed. IOP accreditation is an assurance that our courses reflect the most recent developments in physics and allow graduates to develop a profile of physics skills and transferable skills.

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