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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 

June 2014
Come along to one of our three open days on 20th, 21st and 27th June and find out about our undergraduate courses.

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Anniversary scholarships

To celebrate our 110th anniversary this year, the University of Leeds is making a major investment in 110 new postgraduate scholarships.

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New company created

Prof Ben Varcoe and colleagues have created a new company, Quantum Imaging Ltd,...

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Oncology awayday

A Physical Sciences and Oncology Away Day was recently hosted by the School on...

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Entropy Best Paper Award 2014

Dr Viv Kendon, with colleagues, has been awarded the Best Paper Award 2014 of...

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