School of Physics and Astronomy

The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets

Astronomers have discovered a rare molecule in the dust and gas disc around a young star – and it may provide an answer to one of the conundrums facing astronomers.

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5th in the UK

We're 5th in the UK for Physics, Guardian University league tables 2020

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School of Physics and Astronomy

We have over 140 years’ experience in both teaching and research excellence. Our School brings together more than 60 academic and research staff, and over 500 students from over 30 countries. We are in the top 5 in the UK for research impact, in our unit of assessment, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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Laboratory classes and project work allow you to gain hands-on experience, investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real-life work situations.

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Our courses will equip you not only with expert subject knowledge, but with important professional and transferable skills that employers are looking for.

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You will develop excellent relationships with your supervisors and their passion and support will inspire you to explore, question and discover.

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Molecular and Nanoscale Physics research group at the University of Leeds

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