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Welcome to the physics team, part of the Department of Physics and Mathematics at Nottingham Trent University. We are dedicated to delivering outstanding and pioneering taught courses and world-leading, impactful research in the areas of physics, mathematics and engineering.

Our taught courses combine theoretical, practical and vocational aspects of physics to create a stimulating and personalised, student-centric experience. Whether at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level, our award-winning staff apply their cumulative research, industry and teaching experiences to explore an expansive range of topics - from the minuscule scales of quantum world, through atoms, nanophotonics, microfluidics, human imaging and space weather, to the immense scales of cosmology. This leads to the physics department performing consistently well in the National Student Survey and gives our graduates a strong footing in the postgraduate environment. Wherever possible, our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics.

The physics department has a strong track record of gaining high-calibre research funding and delivering international impact in areas as diverse as acoustic monitoring of honeybees, art conservation and wastewater treatment. The multidisciplinary research strengths within the physics team have far-reaching applications in various academic disciplines such as agriculture, chemistry, cultural heritage sciences, electronics, medicine and clinical science, nanotechnology and life sciences, as well as industry. This is supported by our state-of-the-art facilities, international collaborations and funded research scholarships.

Our Subject Areas

Our Research Groups and Centres

Optics and Displays

Our work develops liquid crystal and electrowetting based display devices and includes design, fabrication and testing. Within optics we use optical interference techniques, fiber optic devices and multispectral cameras.

Exploring Skyscapes at Heritage Sites through AR

Exploring Skyscapes at Heritage Sites through AR

Exploring Skyscapes at Heritage Sites through AR

Soft Matter Physics

Soft matter describes materials which are easily deformable by applied stresses. A common theme is that systems possess particles that are too large for quantum effects to be important, but too small for gravity to dominate.

SS2i - Scientific Services to Industry

SS2i - Scientific Services to Industry

Scientific Services to Industry (SS2i) offers a range of analytical, experimental and technical services to Industry. A significant number of businesses have already commercially and technically benefited from working with us.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Relaxometry

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging and NMR relaxometry group studies a wide range of application of magnetic resonance including the use in sensors and imaging.

Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre

Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre

To solve modern engineering problems requires an interdisciplinary approach. At IMEC this principle is embedded in the way we do research in the applied sciences and engineering, with our strengths in imaging, materials, and smart and medical technologies.

Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC)

Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC)

Focusing on the development of non-invasive imaging and spectroscopic techniques for art conservation, archaeology and art history including optical coherence tomography (OCT), multispectral and hyperspectral imaging, microfading spectrometry, colour science and portable remote imaging systems.

Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computing Sciences (PSEC) Research Centre

The PSEC Research Centre is one of three multidisciplinary centres in the School of Science and Technology. We have attracted funding from several research councils, the EU and a range of charities and businesses.

Featured Facility

Trent Astronomical Observatory

Find out all about the night sky at Nottingham Trent University's Trent Astronomical Observatory.


Second in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Physics - National Student Survey 2020


Top 10 universities in the UK for teaching quality in physics - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021


Top 20 in the UK for Physics - Guardian University Guide 2021

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