Our Physics Department at Swansea University offers a curriculum based on the research findings of our world-leading experts. We’re highly ranked for our teaching quality – the Guardian University Guide 2020 ranks us number 1 in the UK for student satisfaction, 2nd in the UK for satisfaction with teaching and 7th in the UK overall. The Complete University Guide 2020, ranked us number 1 in the UK for research intensity and top in the UK for student satisfaction. 

We carry out research in experimental, applied and theoretical physics. Our work is supported by grants from EPSRC, STFC, the EU, The Royal Society, HEFCW and various industrial, charity and government sources.

The global nature of the research means that we have worldwide links and collaborators, including access to large-scale facilities such as CERN. Our specialisms and facilities are adopted into our curriculum in both our course content and the range of final year projects available to students. We have examples of students studying in CERN or gaining research internships within the department and our specialist courses stretch students into understanding the demands of research – whether that be in physics or closely aligned disciplines.

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The UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing provides 4-year, fully funded PhD opportunities across the broad areas of particle physics and astronomy, biological and health, and mathematical and computer sciences.

We prepare you for rewarding careers in a wide range of sectors such as academic institutions, government research organisations, aerospace, defence, energy, engineering, manufacturing, communication, space exploration and telecommunications.  Many physics graduates pursue a career outside of physics, e.g. in consultancy, IT, the environmental industry, financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities. Find out more about what you can do with a physics degree.