International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes
United Kingdom

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Queen Mary, University of London
Address Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London
Gower Street
United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0)20 7679 7223
Fax +44 (0)20 7679 7145
e-Mail Ben Waugh
Research & Teaching

Physics research at UCL covers diverse fields including astrophysics and cosmology, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter and biological physics as well as high-energy physics (HEP).
The HEP group comprises about 50 staff and 20 PhD students and carries out research including

  • searching for new phenomena at the high-energy frontier at the ATLAS experiment in Geneva
  • studying neutrino mass and oscillations at MINOS in the US
  • looking for rare radioactive decays as part of the NEMO experiment under the French-Italian border
  • hunting extremely energetic cosmic-ray neutrinos from the ANITA detector, suspended from a balloon circling Antarctica
  • improving the way that the structure of the proton is determined by combining data from many sources
  • designing electronics for the European X-Ray Free Electron LASER (EuXFEL) in Hamburg, Germany
  • developing a new proton therapy cancer unit at University College Hospital
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a range of undergraduate degree programmes, with options to specialise in theoretical physics or astrophysics. Students following the four-year MSci course gain sufficient specialist knowledge in their courses and research projects to allow a seamless progression to postgraduate study and research.
There are PhD studentships available in many research areas.

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