Physics at Lancaster

Physics at Lancaster

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Physics- Which route for me?


What’s it all about?

Lancaster University’s Department of Physics is ranked among the best in the UK in the most recent league tables. Our research is ranked 2nd in the UK for world-leading research. Our world-renowned researchers include particle physicists working at CERN, quantum technologists working on quantum bits, quantum cryptography, liquid helium and grapheme, biomedical physicists describing nonlinear phenomena in the human body, mathematical physicists studying the classical and quantum behaviour of matter and light, space and planetary physicists investigating the solar system's space-plasma environment using spacecraft such as NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, astrophysicists studying the origins and evolution of galaxies and the expansion of the Universe, and cosmologists chasing the origins of dark matter and mechanisms of inflation during the Big Bang.

You will be treated as though you are a first-year undergraduate, with lectures, experimental work and projects in the University's Department of Physics.  

What will I be doing?

Some exciting, hands-on activities and visits, which will include:

  • Stay in one of Lancaster University’s Colleges

  • Attend lectures covering a range of exciting new research topics including Space Physics, Astrophysics and Quantum Technologies

  • Participate in laboratory sessions aimed at giving a general idea about research in Space Physics, Astrophysics and Quantum Technologies

  • Conduct experiments similar to those performed by undergraduates

  • Visit the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology where you will get a mixture of talks, demos and a tour by Lancaster University Research Associates

  • Attend a grapevine session to talk to employers and ex students of Lancaster University

  • Get involved in evening group activities

Would this course suit me?

If you would like a challenging and intensive Headstart course looking at a range of physics disciplines then this is for you.  You will sample collegiate life at a prestigious university and interact with academics at the top of their research fields.

What do I need to be suitable?

This course will suit you if you are interested in any aspects of physics such as accelerator physics, space science, quantum technologies or astronomy. There will also be an introduction to cutting edge research



Course code: 
Course dates: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 11:00 to Friday, July 12, 2019 - 15:00
(3 nights residential). Please note these are provisional dates only which will be confirmed in due course.