Research directory: institutes, groups & centres

Full directory of research institutes, groups and centres within the School.

Research institutes and groups

All research activities in the School of Physics & Astronomy take place in the research institutes listed below.

Institute for Astronomy (IfA) The IfA is one of the UK's major centres of astronomical research, with special strengths in survey astronomy, cosmology, active galaxies and the formation of stars and planets.
Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS)

ICMCS carries out research in a large number of different areas related to soft and hard condensed matter. It is the largest institute in the School. Research themes:

Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (IPNP)

The IPNP carries out research in nuclear physics and in theoretical and experimental particle physics. Research groups:

The School also has a Physics Education Research group.

Research centres

Our research centres allow people from different institutes within the School, from different departments within the University and, in some cases, from different organisations to work together on problems that require a multi-disciplinary approach.

Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) CSEC is a multi-disciplinary centre designed to promote the study of materials at extremes of pressure and temperature.
Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics The Higgs Centre's international group of physicists and students will work to deepen our theoretical understanding of the underlying structure of the physical world.
Tait Institute The Tait Institute is devoted to teaching and research in Mathematical Physics.
UK Centre for Astrobiology The UKCA is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together physicists, biologists, astronomers, geochemists and geologists to advance our understanding of molecules and life in extreme environments on the Earth and beyond.
Centre for Exoplanet Science The Centre for Exoplanet Science is an initiative aimed at expanding our research in exoplanet science and bringing together researchers from different disciplines who have an interest in this general area.