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School of Physics

Welcome to the School of Physics and Astronomy

We are a highly prestigious department with 135 year history of nationally and internationally leading research and teaching.

Over 60 academic and academic related staff, 25 support and technical staff and 70 research students, combine with 500 undergraduates to form a lively community, as an integral part of an established research-focused university.

Find out more about the history of physics at Leeds.

Research focus

Protein tug-of-war
Protein molecules curl up like tangled balls of string; to find out how they work, you have to unfold them. If they were balls of string, you would pull on each end - and that's exactly what Dr Lorna Dougan and her colleagues are doing here at Leeds, using atomic force microscopes. It's like a tug-of-war, but on a tiny scale: protein molecules need just a few hundred piconewtons to stretch them out to a few tens to hundreds of nanometres long.

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News and events

Undergraduate Open Days 

Come along to one of our open days on 13 September and 11 October and find out about our undergraduate courses.

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Explore. Choose. Grow 

Launching in September 2014 our Discovery Themes provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons.

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Physics Graduation

Congratulations to all our 2014 graduates!

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Schools' Physicist of the Year Awards

The inaugural ceremony for the Ogden Trust Schools’ Physicist of the Year...

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Quantum Control Engineering

Dr Jiannis Pachos and Dr Almut Beige, both from the School’s Quantum...

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