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What are the best universities for Physics?

08 Jan 2017 - Barni Homden

Why study a degree in Physics?

Physics is a fascinating subject, which enables scientists to explore the very nature of the world around us. From tiny atoms to the entire universe, Physics is the study of everything in existence.

It’s an exciting time to be a Physicist, and there are still many unanswered questions about the nature of the universe and the forces that shape it. If you want to follow in the footsteps of famous physicists such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, the ideal place to start is with a degree from one of the best universities for Physics.

But what are the best universities for Physics?

The UK and USA have both produced leading scientists in the field of Physics, and have universities with rich traditions in this important subject area.

The University of Birmingham is one of the best universities in the world for Physics, and is ranked 2nd in the UK in the area (Guardian University Guide 2017). The University offers exceptional facilities for Physics students, and places great importance on the subject.

Birmingham has a long history of achievement in Physics. Many notable physicists are associated with the University, and some have even won the Nobel Prize in Physics, including the award for 2016.

A wide range of exciting Physics degrees are available at Birmingham, including Theoretical Physics, Physics & Astrophysics, and Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology.

The University of Glasgow is ranked in the top 15 UK universities for Physics (Complete University Guide 2017), with students able to take degrees such as Mathematics & Physics, and Theoretical Physics.

Similarly, The University of Nottingham is also ranked in the UK top 15 for Physics (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017), making it a great choice for Physics students. It offers degrees such as Physics with Nanoscience, and Physics with Theoretical Astrophysics.

The University of Liverpool sits within the UK top 20 for Physics (Guardian 2017), and offers varied and specialised degree options such as Physics for New Technologies, Physics with Radiation Protection, Physics with Nuclear Science and Astrophysics.

All of these universities are members of the prestigious Russell Group, and each has a history of achievement and important research in the field of Physics.

If you’re more interested in studying in the United States, Kaplan partner Northeastern University is in the top 60 in the entire country for postgraduate Physics degrees in the latest U.S. News rankings, and its Physics department is ranked within the world’s top 150 (Shanghai Academic Rankings 2017).

How to study Physics in the UK or USA

International students have some fantastic options for studying Physics abroad. Kaplan is well-placed to offer students a pathway to a degree at a UK or US university via one of our preparation courses and direct entry options. Find Physics degrees in the UK or use our US degree finder to find Physics degrees in the USA.

A pathway course can help prepare you for your university degree, both academically and personally. It’s a great first step on the path to obtaining a Physics degree, and perhaps going on to make an important discovery or scientific breakthrough. After all, in Physics, not even the sky is the limit.


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