Make a difference with your degree
Choose Manchester and you'll benefit from world-class teaching at a time when scientific expertise is of paramount importance.
You'll also unlock numerous opportunities to connect with potential employers to shape your future and make a difference with your degree.
Ranked first in England for physics and astronomy (Academic Rankings of World Universities, 2020).
We operate the Jodrell Bank Observatory (UNESCO World Heritage Site), home to the international headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array.
Careers and employability
A career for life
You'll receive training that will be prepare you for a broad range of careers, not just in physics but in other areas that need the in-demand skills you will learn. Common destinations for our graduates include working for tech companies or in finance, or taking their physics to the next level with further study.
- Employability: 89% (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019)
- Average salary: £28,000 (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019)
My graduate journey - 3 years on
Discover how Ellen used her Physics degree to enter a world of big data and secure a dream job at Apple!
My graduate journey - 3 years on
Interested in joining the tech Industry? Graduate and Technology Architect Wei Ann gives some tips on how to stand out to employers.
Learning and support
Your learning experience
How you will learn
You will be taught by world-leading experts in their field through lectures, where you will understand and master the subject material.
Your understanding will also benefit from a rich suite of learning resources such as videos, podcasts, presentations, notes and quizzes, which allow you to work at your own pace. Other in-person activities such as workshops, tutorials and labs will enable you to apply your understanding to real problems.
What does a typical week look like?
Our First Year Tutor, Dr Draga Pihler-Puzovic talks about the current blended learning approach in the Department.
Support on your course
Studying at the University is a fantastic experience, but we’re always on hand to support you during your time with us when you need advice or help.
If you experience any personal problems during your studies, please let us know. We have a specialist Student Support Team and student PASS scheme who are there to support you through your student journey.
VIDEO: Jodrell Bank
Professor Tim O’Brien explains how undergraduates can make the most of the Jodrell Bank facilities.
COVID-19 and your course
Providing high quality education
We know the last few months have been challenging and uncertain for us all.
Whatever happens next, you can rest assured that we'll adjust to any changes to public health guidelines while still providing a quality learning environment.
Lockdown Lecture with Prof Brian Cox
Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, as well as a broadcaster and author.
From Cosmology to Climate Change
Professor Sarah Bridle goes from looking for dark matter to researching the carbon footprint of her breakfast.
The Hunt for the Higgs
In this Physics talk Professor Andrew Pilkington discusses the physics behind the Higgs boson discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.
Events for offer-holders
Parents and carers event
We will be hosting a dedicated session for parents/carers and supporters in 2021.
In December 2020 we held an event where parents/carers and supporters asked questions they had about the Manchester offer. If your parents/carers missed this, or want to attend again, we will be hosting a second session in 2021.
Once details have been confirmed, we will send you booking details via email, which you can pass on to your parents/carers and supporters.
Physics Offer-Holder Webinar
Find out more about the student experience with Dr Kerins and our student ambassadors.
Taster lecture series
We will be running more sessions about teaching and student experience for our offer-holders next year. Complete our session request form if there's a particular topic you want to find out about.
Chat to our students
A student's perspective
Find out more about life at Manchester directly from our students.
Chat with student ambassadors from Physics and Astronomy. Ask any questions you have and get the answers only our students can give you.
Courses within this subject area
Remind yourself how much your course at Manchester has to offer you.
Follow the relevant link for details about your course, including the modules, teaching methods, assessments and reading list:
Find out more about your complimentary subject area.
Joint programmes can bring broader experiences. If your joint programme crosses into another subject area, find out more about what it offers:
Beyond your subject
Visit our offer-holder guide to university life
Your university experience is about more than your degree.
Find out where you could live, how we'll support you, what financial packages are available and how we'll help you develop the distinctive attributes of a Manchester graduate.
Accept your offer
This is your future
Log on to UCAS Track to accept or keep track of your offer.
This is how we'll keep in contact with you about what stage your offer is at. It's also where you can accept your offer and make Manchester your first choice for your future.