School of Physical Sciences

About us


Ingram Building Physical Sciences @ Kent


The School of Physical Sciences is situated on the Canterbury Campus, in the refurbished Ingram building which has had over £8.5m investment over the past few years.

The School is a dynamic department, achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research in Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics. It offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes, with some programmes offering opportunities to study abroad and in industry.

The consistent annual growth demonstrates the School's success. In 2016 there were over 1000 undergraduates, with 10% of new intake being overseas students. There are over 80 postgraduates and over 40 full time academic staff within the School, plus more than 30 technicians and administrative support staff. The student and staff community come from a diverse range of backgrounds and from all over the world.

The School's graduates do exceptionally well in the employment market. The School maintains good links with our alumni who return to talk to current students or for further study. Many of our alumni around the world occupy prominent positions in the public sector, in industry and in academia.

The research is led by four groups: Applied Optics, the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging and Functional Materials.Numerous established collaborative links with other universities and research institutions, both in the UK and overseas, strengthens research which is constantly expanding through the significant growth in our academic staff which is also increasing our research expertise as a School.

The School's Outreach programme at both local and national level is extensive and links the School to valuable stakeholders. We hold an annually growing Space School in the summer holidays for students aged 11-18 years old, Forensic Science weekends and residential Chemistry weekends. We take our various talks and demonstrations, such as 'Cool Physics' out to schools as well as our mobile planetarium, the Astrodome.

The School is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of nine world-class universities whose aim is to change the face of physics, by leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities.

This is an exciting time for the School with continued growth in student population and academic experts joining us.

School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 02/02/2017