School of Mathematics and Physics
The School of Mathematics and Physics challenges the way we think about and use numbers. We're driven to solve technological, environmental and societal problems through our research and teaching.
From pure, applied and industrial mathematics to quantum theory and particle physics, our school has many study and research pathways. Our collaborative and nurturing approach to teaching helps our students learn in an open environment, allowing them to challenge themselves and others.
We have the 9th best Mathematics department in the United Kingdom (Guardian University Guide 2020). We also have a proven track record in giving students the tools to succeed in employment — 92% of our students are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2017), and we have a 98% overall student satisfaction score (NSS, 2018).
Our School has a proven track record of producing in-demand graduates who are confident and effective in applying their skills in practical settings.
We have a wide support network to help our students during their time with us. Our Maths Café is a friendly, informal space where students get free help and advice with their coursework at daily drop-in sessions with tutors and staff. Our Ambassador Scheme offers final year students the opportunity to do a 10-week placement at a local school so they can get a taste for teaching.
Work experience opportunities
Our strong links with employers offer students varied placement year opportunities, including at IBM, L'Oréal, GSK and Transport for London.
Students who do placements gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities in a professional setting. Many of our graduates go on to work with professionals they've met in their placement year.
Our school produces excellent research with practical applications, and annual increases in research outputs. We're a leader among young universities — 61% of our mathematics and 89% of our physics research outputs were rated as internationally excellent in REF 2014, placing us as the joint best performing new university in the country.
Our research impact is varied – we've improved how hospitals allocate beds and medical equipment, and enhanced climate resilience in cities. On a lighter note, we've deciphered what, mathematically-speaking, makes the perfect cup of coffee and invented a new way to pour the perfect Guinness.
We've received research funding from many organisations, including the Science and Technology Facilities Council, The Faraday Institution, Innovate UK, Economic and Social Research Council, London Mathematical Society, Royal Society, European Commission, Rail Safety Standards Board, Leverhulme Trust, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Health Research, Technology Strategy Board, Operational Research Society, Natural Environment Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Our school has developed strong partnerships with local, national and global organisations. These partnerships inform and support our teaching and research.
Our partners include Portsmouth Hospitals Medical Physics, Defence Science (Dstl), IBM, L'Oréal, GSK, Transport for London, iRed, South East Physics Network (SEPnet), European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), J&J, Phillips and General Motors.
Our areas of expertise
We're using modelling and mathematical analysis to find new ways of improving practices across a range of areas in science and industry – including renewable energy.
Our applied mathematicians are using their expertise to make the world a better place, and working on applications in areas including engineering, biology, and medicine.
Our work in this area is studying the particle-like properties of photons, and wave-like behaviour of massive objects, such as electrons and atoms.
Our research is helping to solve issues related to energy harvesting, efficiency and storage, and medical technologies, security and the environment.
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