The School of Physics and Astronomy has over thirty academic staff and about eighty-five postgraduate students. Major research efforts exist in astronomy and astrophysics, bionanophysics, biophysics, complex fluids, condensed matter, fundamental quantum physics, molecular materials, nanophysics, polymer physics, spintronics, surface physics, and theoretical physics. Applied, as well as pure, research occurs in many of these fields.
Areas of applications include, but are not restricted to: the development of materials for industrial applications; drug delivery in cancer treatment; heart monitoring; quantum communication and cryptography; solar energy harvesting. Close links with industry exist. Research groups in the School have strong collaborations with Applied Maths and Chemistry and with various departments and schools in the biological, engineering, and medical faculties.