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 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, as 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?

students with microscope studying physics degrees in uk

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 3rd in the UK in the area (Guardian University Guide 2019). 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!

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

The University of Liverpool sits within the UK top 5 for Physics and Astronomy (Times and Sunday Times 2019). It offers varied and specialised degree options such as Physics with Medical Applications & Theoretical Physics.

Similarly, the University of Nottingham also ranks in the UK top 5 in the subject (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), making it a great choice for Physics students. It offers degrees such as Physics with Nanoscience, and Physics with Theoretical Astrophysics.

Finally, in Scotland, the University of Glasgow ranks 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.

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.

Physics degrees in the USA

If you’re more interested in studying in the United States, Kaplan has 2 partners in the top 60 in the entire country for postgraduate Physics degrees (U.S News Education 2019). Northeastern University offers degrees in Applied Physics, Biomedical Physics and Physics. Arizona State University has 5 campuses in Phoenix, where you can study degrees such as Astrophysics and Astronomy & Biophysics.

How to study Physics in the UK or USA

International students have some fantastic options for studying Physics abroad. With Kaplan, you can start your path to a great degree at a UK or US university through a pathway course. 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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