Learn about nano-engines and organic electronics, investigate graphene properties, study planets and galaxies and understand the structure and evolution of the Universe.
5 reasons to study physics at Bath
From placements to graduate job prospects, there are lots of reasons to study physics at Bath. Here are our top 5.
1. Learn exciting physics and make a difference
You'll discover things that could be used for future technologies or saving lives.
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2. Go on a work placement
Improve your employability with a work placement.
Over half of our students go on a placement as part of their degree.
We have over 50 years of experience offering placements and links with some of the industry’s leading companies and research institutes. Recent employers include:
- Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
- Science & Technology Facilities Council
- BAE Systems
- EDF Energy
- Rolls Royce
Our specialist placements team offers dedicated support when you're looking for a placement and throughout your placement.
Many of our placements are also paid, so you can earn valuable income to help support your studies.
3. Be inspired by world-leading research
Our staff are active researchers in their field.
You'll be taught by academics who are also active researchers. This ensures our courses are kept informed by the latest developments in science.
Our research covers a wide spectrum of activities, from fundamental physics to technological applications. It is organised into the following research groups and centres:
- Astrophysics research group
- Centre for Networks and Collective Behaviour
- Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials
- Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
- Nanoscience research group
- Theoretical and Computational Physics research group
There'll be opportunities for you to engage with departmental research from early on in the course. You'll also choose a final year project in one of these areas and will be working closely with an active researcher in the field.
4. job prospects
Our graduates go on to a diverse and interesting range of careers.
Our graduates have gone to a wide range of careers including scientific research and development, engineering, telecommunications, banking, finance, meteorology, oil, gas and space exploration.
Recent employers include:
- National Physical Laboratory
- New Scientist
- Carbon Trust
- Defence Science Technology Laboratory
- British Aerospace Systems
Many also go on to postgraduate study in preparation for academic or industry-based research careers.
The University of Bath is ranked 5th overall for 'career after 15 months' in the Guardian University Guide 2023.
5. Highly ranked university
We are a top 10 UK university with a reputation for research excellence.
Physics is in the top 15 for course satisfaction and the university is ranked 7th overall in the Guardian University Guide 2023.
Bath is ranked 8th best overall by both the Complete University Guide and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.