• Dr John F. Smith - Chair of the Physics Subject Development Group

    School of Engineering and Computing
    University of the West of Scotland
    Paisley Campus
    High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE
    T: +44 (0) 141 848 3652
    F: +44 (0) 141 848 3663

  • Dr Klaus Spohr - Physics Programme Leader

    School of Engineering and Computing
    University of the West of Scotland
    Paisley Campus,
    High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE
    T: +44 (0) 141 848 3437
    F :+44(0) 141 848 3663

  • Physics is an exciting subject with aims to explain natural phenomena from the smallest to largest scales, from Nanotechnology to the Universe itself. It takes in practice and theory, specialist pure research and applications in the surroundings of everyday life.

    As a discipline, physics is used in many areas of professional activity including engineering, health and biomedicine, the public services and utilities, environmental monitoring, education and computing. Accredited by the Institute of Physics, the course teaches the fundamentals of Physics as a core science and as such will help you develop the professional skills and expertise for a career in any area of physics, from industrial applications to academic research.

  • Research & Commercial Activities

    There are a number of active research groups and research centres within physics at UWS.

    The primary research groups in physics are listed below.

    Our research is truly international in scope. Most of the research within the nuclear-physics research group is carried out at overseas laboratories such as CERN (Geneva), JYFL (Finland), Legnaro (Italy) and Argonne (USA). Our teams of researchers are also international: presently we have PDRAs from all over the world.

    Our research is funded by various sources including research councils and industry. The nuclear-physics group was recently awarded a £400k research grant from the STFC to contribute towards the construction of AGATA. AGATA is a innovative new gamma-ray tracking spectometer presently being developed by a collaboration of over 40 institutions in 12 European countries.

    All of our research groups support the supervision of PhD studentships which are funded mainly by the Research Councils (STFC, EPSRC), by SUPA, and by the university. Vacancies arise every year for such studentships and places are offered to candidates with degrees in physics and related subject areas.

    Student Experience

    Working with friendly, supportive staff committed to high standards in teaching and research, you will also benefit from small to medium-sized classes and flexibility in choice of final degree title. You will study core topics in physics, along with other subjects you choose yourself to reflect your interests and career aspirations.

    Graduate Careers

    There is always a strong demand for graduates in physics from technology based industries in Scotland and elsewhere. These industries cover areas such as microelectronic telecommunications, optics and energy, a topic of hugely growing interest because of global warming. Physicists are also in demand in the public services including schools and hospitals, the civil service and research labs. Our physics graduates have gone on to work with major companies such as BAE Systems, CERN, Fujitsu, Logica, Motorola and Nikon Europe, as well as to further studies and jobs in universities.