The department of Physics at the University of Aberdeen has a long and illustrious history, and former staff include great physicists such as James Clerk Maxwell. We are commited to continuing excellence in both research and teaching.
Our department is a great environment for learning, with small class sizes and close relations between staff and students. We use modern teaching methods, with emphasis on practical, "hands-on" knowledge. Our department was ranked in the top 10 in the UK by the Times Good University Guide, and an external report said that "For many present day students it is a better physics package than anything on offer at the other Scottish Universities". We offer a flexible range of degrees, including joint degrees (e.g. Maths-Physics) and combined degrees (e.g. Physics with Geology), one of which will fit your inclinations and career plans.
We are a research-oriented department, and we do world-class research in both experimental and theoretical areas. Our research topics cover classical areas such as general relativity, solid-state physics and dynamical systems and chaos, and we are also active in multi-disciplinary topics, especially the application of physics to biology.
SUPA Prize PhD studentships
Up to 15 fully-funded studentships and over 100 other funded PhD places in Physics in Scotland