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School of Physics and Astronomy

Three students stood in front of the Lovell Telescope

Why study here?

The School is one of the highest ranked physics departments in the world, with the historic Jodrell Bank Observatory among our many facilities.

We are ranked 1st in the UK and Europe for physics, and 9th worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018

We have an international reputation for teaching excellence and outstanding research, attracting the very best students from across the globe.

Our rich history - we have no fewer than 13 Nobel Prize winners associated with the School - is matched by our commitment to innovation and to new discovery.

Facilities include the world-famous Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory and a new £10 million extension to our Schuster Laboratory. Our physicists include the discoverers of graphene Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, and TV star Professor Brian Cox.

Staff and students on Manchester

Members of the School explain what it's like to study and work at the University: