School of Mathematics and Physics

10 Reasons to Choose the School

10 reasons to make us your first choice

There are a multitude of reasons to make Mathematics and Physics at Queen's your first choice; from our amazing reputation and heritage, to our world class facilities and research calibre. Here are our pick of the top reasons...


Research Developments

Since 2001 there have been several major developments in the School, which have contributed to a regenerated and vibrant research environment.

The 4700m2 International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (IRCEP) was completed in December 2004, while a new £3.3M building was built to house the Mathematicians including CTAMOP and PMRC.



Belfast was voted one of the world’s top 10 destinations by National Geographic Traveller in 2012.

We were also recently revealed as the most affordable city for students to live and study in, as well as having the lowest cost of living in the UK. Our student-led Psychology Society (PsychSoc) make our new students feel at home and introduce them to the best of what Belfast can offer!



As a School, we recognise and respect a wide diversity of ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.

We provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all staff and students; we were recently awarded a Silver Award by Athena SWAN in recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.



We have a continually growing international community of both undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff within our School.

Our research is conducted and recognised as excellent across the world. We encourage all our undergraduate students to consider spending a period of time abroad and we actively supports both the Erasmus Scheme and the Study Abroad programme.



We are involved in cutting-edge research that spans a multitude of fields.

These include Astrophysics, Atomistic Simulation, Nanostructured Media, Plasma Physics, Statistical Science and Operational Research, Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and Pure Mathematics.



As a School, we operate with sixty full time academics, fifty research fellows, one hundred postgraduate students and twenty-five support staff.

The School of Mathematics and Physics comprises three teaching divisions, each with a head of teaching; and seven Research Centres. There is a considerable crossover between these areas and the ethos of the School is one of excellence in research informing excellence in teaching.



At the School of Mathematics and Physics you will have access to our facilities and resources and, most importantly, our dedicated staff.

Students enjoy the benefits of modern practical laboratories, extensive computer facilities, and a programme for the development of personal skills, such as computation, information processing, problem solving and written and oral communication.



Many students, with a particular love of mathematics or physics for their own sake, will choose to stay at university to undertake research for a PhD.

This in turn may lead to a career in university lecturing, or may lead to a more specialised research post in industry, government etc.



The School of Maths and Physics is a truly international department. Our students meet, work with and are taught by internationally-acclaimed physicists and mathematicians.

We have staff members from many different countries, including UK, Ireland, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, Argentina, Cuba, Germany, China, Tiawan, Greece, Kenya, Niger, The Netherlands, Romania and Iran.



Physics at Queen's has been ranked 3rd out of 41 for research intensity.

Mathematical Science was ranked in the top 20 out of the 92 Mathematics departments in the UK in the same rankings, the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise (2014) as published by the Times Higher Education.