Why study physics at Strathclyde?
Physics is a vibrant subject of major importance to the economies of Scotland and the United Kingdom. Many technological industries can trace their roots back to a physics related idea or concept. Physics graduates work in a huge variety of industries because the transferable skills developed during a physics degree are those that are highly sought after by employers. The employment opportunities available to a physics graduate are huge – you can work in research, applying your knowledge to understanding the smallest parts of atoms or the vast expanse of a galaxy, or you can find employment in areas as diverse as the computer games industry and the financial markets. Examples of where Strathclyde Physics graduates have found employment can be found on the alumni page.
The degree courses that we offer are: MPhys, MPhys with specialisation, BSc Physics, BSc Physics with Teaching (in conjunction with the Faculty of Education), and BSc Mathematics and Physics (in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics).
Some facts & figures
Our department is one of the largest physical-science departments within the UK.We received a rating of excellent, the highest grading, in the most recent government assessment of physics teaching within the Scottish Universities. Our department has about 300 BSc and MSci undergraduate students, 60 postgraduate research students, 100 staff, and a yearly turnover of about five million pounds.
Although the University of Strathclyde was founded in 1964, its roots go back through the Royal College to 1796 when Anderson’s University was established.The Department of Physics has been around for more than 200 years as well, originally under the name Department of Natural Philosophy. During that time, we have had many professors distinguished for their research and teaching and that tradition is carried on today. (Find out more about the history of our department)
Strathclyde University in the centre of Glasgow has a total of 13,500 students, 10,000 undergraduates and 3,500 postgraduate students. Our students come from Glasgow and surrounding areas with many coming from all over Britain, Europe, Asia, and America. About 48% of the students stay at home, 30% stays in the students accommodations on campus, while the remaining 22% finds accommodation elsewhere.