Welcome to the department of Physics and Astronomy.


Our goals are to provide innovative, high quality teaching, to conduct research of international importance, collaborate with industry and to communicate our enthusiasm for our subject. Whether you are interested in undergraduate study, in postgraduate training, in our research activities or in one of our outreach programmes, we hope these web pages prove to be useful. If you need any further information, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Professor Paul O'Brien

(Head of Department)

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is involved in the Juno mission to Jupiter. Learn more about the mission and our role, in this video.


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Department of Physics & Astronomy,
University of Leicester,
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Leicester, LE1 7RH,
United Kingdom.


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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Physics and Astronomy Building.


The 2018 Ernest Rutherford Fellowships round is now open for applications. Further details on the process of applying for an ERF in the Department of Physics and Astronomy can be found here.

Mars Science Laboratory Blog

Find out the latest news about Mars Science Laboratory in Professor John Bridges' Mars Science Laboratory Blog.