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Studying physics is likened to opening the most powerful toolkit ever created. From addressing the applications of molecular science in treating and averting cancer to understanding how and when the universe was formed, physics at King’s is about pushing at the boundaries of human knowledge to find answers or, in some cases, to ask new questions.

Research has played a central role in the delivery of physics at King’s since 1829, when the School of Physics was founded. Research lies at the heart of many of our courses, particularly at the Postgraduate level, and all of our courses feature modules taught by internationally renowned scientists.

As an undergraduate you can study straight Physics and select from a very broad range of options, or choose to combine Physics with complementary subjects including Mathematics or Philosophy.

At the postgraduate level, you can build a wide-ranging programme of study by choosing physics and then selecting modules that correspond to your particular interests, or choose to focus on theoretical physics or non-equilibrium systems – specialisms that will take you to very edge of current knowledge and into the realms of creativity and discovery.

Physics courses


Undergraduate physics courses

Mathematics & Physics BSc

Physics MSci 

Mathematics & Physics MSci

Physics with a year abroad BSc

Physics & Philosophy BSc

Physics with Medical Applications BSc

Physics & Philosophy MSci

Physics with Theoretical Physics BSc

Physics & Philosophy with a year abroad BSc

Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci

Physics BSc




Postgraduate physics courses

Non-Equilibrium Systems: Theoretical Modelling, Simulation and Data-Driven Analysis MSc

Physics MSc

PGCE (Physics with mathematics)

Physics Grad Dip

PGCE (Physics)

Theoretical Physics MSc



  • Award winning – four members of staff in the department are Nobel Laureates in Physics.

  • Internationally-renowned academic staff in the fields of cosmology, nanotechnology, and the interface between physics and biology.

  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • 90 per cent of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • Central location gives you easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the Institute of Physics.

Careers – where could your course take you?

Physicists are in high demand in business. The analytical and conceptual reasoning skills that you will develop are valued by employers in banking and finance, technology and engineering and many other spheres, while the knowledge you will again has specific applications in these fields and many others, from robotics to bioscience. And, of course, there is academia and further research.

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Learn more about the degree programmes on offer at King's. Download or view a prospectus in PDF format.

Undergraduate prospectus

Postgraduate guide