Over sixty years ago, the Space Research Group at the University of Leicester was founded and there has been at least one piece of Leicester-built equipment operating in space every year since 1967.
Whether you're interested in quantum physics, space science, nanotechnology, astrophysics or medical physics, our undergraduate degrees offer a flexible choice.
Undergraduate courses in Physics and Astronomy
5th in the UK for Physics (The Guardian University Guide 2022)
96% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)
Top 5 in the UK for Physics (National Student Survey 2020)
Physics and Astronomy: On Demand
Take a look around Leicester: On Demand, our collection of videos showcasing our fabulous campus and facilities, our courses and much more.
Our compact, Covid-safe campus is small enough to get everywhere easily but big enough that it never feels crowded. We’ll show you the David Wilson Library, the Danielle Brown Sports Centre and our newly opened, completely refurbished Students’ Union, as well as teaching facilities.
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Meet the tutors
Our School is home to many experts. We're passionate about sharing our knowledge and supporting your own scientific career. Here are some of our team.
Dr Suzie Imber
Associate Professor in Space Physics and Director of Admissions
My research focusses on the planet Mercury. I share my enthusiasm through an outreach programme in schools, science centres and festivals. I also enjoy running and rock climbing!
Dr Darren Wright
Associate Professor in Space Physics
I am a Lecturer and the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in our School. I have been here for over 30 years because it is an awesome place to work and study!
Dr Mervyn Roy
I’m the Senior Tutor and I’ve taught at Leicester for just over 20 years. I used to be a mad keen sports person but I’m getting too old and creaky now!
Dr Jonathan Nichols
Reader in Planetary Auroras
When I'm not teaching undergraduates about space I think about the northern lights and magnetic fields of Jupiter and planets orbiting other stars.