Welcome from The Head of School
As the current Head of School, I would like to welcome you to Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. Whether you're a potential undergraduate considering a degree incorporating Physics or Astronomy, a post-graduate student contemplating a research degree or an M.Sc course, or an established researcher, I believe that this school offers outstanding and exciting opportunities. The dual research/teaching role, as typified by our school, encourages excellence in both strands, providing the best in both learning and research environments.
At the undergraduate level, students are admitted into science as a whole rather than to a particular school, allowing an easy interchange between subjects even after your degree has started. Being one of the largest universities in the UK means that Glasgow offers the full breadth of subjects across the sciences, engineering and humanities. With the newly introduced college/school structure, it will become increasingly easy to combine elements of your programme drawn from across the College of Science and Engineering. Despite the broad study profile available, all students are assigned an individual advisor of studies and we offer small group teaching as well as formal lectures. Our teaching has attracted enthusiastic endorsement in recent years from our students in the National Student Survey.
In research our school has internationally acclaimed groupings across the full spectrum of physics and astronomy covering everything from nature's building blocks to the application of the latest scientific advances in areas such as healthcare and environmental monitoring. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 60% of our research outputs were judged to be of international standard (world leading 4* or internationally excellent 3*). We pride ourselves in the training we offer our graduate students both in their scientific and personal development, equipping them for successful future careers.
Being part of a large school in a large university in Scotland's largest city provides many opportunities. Our school and its members lead many outreach activities communicating our science to the general public. Glasgow University has a widest range of sporting and social clubs. And as the posters around the city declare, Glasgow city is "Scotland with Style" whilst, for those with an interest in the outdoors, the surrounding countryside is an adventure playground.
Whatever your interest in Glasgow I hope that the information contained on our web site answers your questions. If not, please don't hesitate to contact my office (+44 141 330 4709).
Martin Hendry, August 2012