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Looking to studying a physics course at uni, what are some of the best courses / departments for it in the UK?
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Lots of preference when it comes to Physics as the teaching style varies a lot from uni to uni, I’d take a look at Imperial, Oxford, St Andrew’s and then other unis like Lancaster I’ve heard good reviews. But generally, a lot of the top unis will have the ‘best’ courses it just depends on how you would like to learn. I’d take a look at the Guardian tables and then look at the courses specifically from there.
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Lots of preference when it comes to Physics as the teaching style varies a lot from uni to uni, I’d take a look at Imperial, Oxford, St Andrew’s and then other unis like Lancaster I’ve heard good reviews. But generally, a lot of the top unis will have the ‘best’ courses it just depends on how you would like to learn. I’d take a look at the Guardian tables and then look at the courses specifically from there.
Well if you were to base your recommendations off the guardian league tables, King's College London is apparently the worst university in the country for physics
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Yeah it's hard to gauge it solely based on rankings, hence I'm asking around. Thanks
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Yeah it's hard to gauge it solely based on rankings, hence I'm asking around. Thanks
i think physics at manchester is meant to be pretty good and have a good reputation
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Depends on what you want to do in the future. You could always check the "Peoples Directory" as they call it for each Uni and try to gauge what their professors specialize in. For example, here at Edi we have a lot of galactic dynamicists and folk who specialize in dark matter/energy related theory and simulation, as an example. Manchester have Jodrell and a bunch of folk who (I expect) excel in radio astronomy. It goes without saying that Ox/Cam have a whole plethora of specialists and you'd likely be spoiled for choice (though there's bound to be a deficiency somewhere, at least comparatively, so it's not an end-all solution.)

Imo all these tables aren't worth a dime beyond face value- check who will be teaching you, check the quality of the notes they'll be using, and check your prospects with them as far as research goes.
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Depends on what you want to do in the future. You could always check the "Peoples Directory" as they call it for each Uni and try to gauge what their professors specialize in. For example, here at Edi we have a lot of galactic dynamicists and folk who specialize in dark matter/energy related theory and simulation, as an example. Manchester have Jodrell and a bunch of folk who (I expect) excel in radio astronomy. It goes without saying that Ox/Cam have a whole plethora of specialists and you'd likely be spoiled for choice (though there's bound to be a deficiency somewhere, at least comparatively, so it's not an end-all solution.)

Imo all these tables aren't worth a dime beyond face value- check who will be teaching you, check the quality of the notes they'll be using, and check your prospects with them as far as research goes.
How about imperial? How would that stack up against the likes of oxford/Cambridge in physics? (This goes out to anyone with any input!)
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How about imperial? How would that stack up against the likes of oxford/Cambridge in physics? (This goes out to anyone with any input!)
No clue, but all I can say is that I would recommend a Scottish Uni (5 years instead of 4 for an MSc for example) which gives more time to get some exploration in what you plan to study/etc.
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No clue, but all I can say is that I would recommend a Scottish Uni (5 years instead of 4 for an MSc for example) which gives more time to get some exploration in what you plan to study/etc.
I actually went through the scottish school system and looking to move to an English course!
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Looking to studying a physics course at uni, what are some of the best courses / departments for it in the UK?
Lancaster, my eldest goes and she loves it. The lecturers are really good and has great supervisors and support for internships. Its a smaller city than the likes of Manchester, but it still has a couple of clubs, and copious amount of bars. Its got lots of eateries on campus and the department has lots of facilities and research there.
The do many physics courses. She studies physics, particle physics and cosmology.
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Looking to studying a physics course at uni, what are some of the best courses / departments for it in the UK?
Hi!
I'm studying physics at the Uni of Nottingham and am really enjoying the course so far (in my third year). Teaching has been a mixture of online and in person due to the pandemic but in general it's been great and really well structured. I love the variety of modules you can study and am really glad I chose Notts over unis.
https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course/Physics-BSc

2 important things to consider in my opinion:
- modules that are on offer at the uni. The uni tends to have research specialisms and modules lend themselves to those, so it's worth doing a bit of research to see which areas of the subject you find most interesting.
- campus/city uni. I think this has quite a big influence over the way you study. For example, Nottingham is a campus uni so people tend to gather in the shared spaces like the libraries, SU and cafes in between lectures/contact hours. I really enjoy that but it depends if you want to feel more immersed in uni life or a more independent 'adult' life.

Hope that's useful, if you have any more questions then feel free to ask
Lucy
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