Our students join a lively intellectual environment that offers innovative teaching and world-leading research in superb new facilities.

Combining our expertise in chemistry and physics gives us an edge in materials science research, and collaborations take our discoveries from the lab to the world.


Study Chemistry and find out how atoms and molecules interact and behave.

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Available subjects

  • Chemistry


Explore the way our world is put together and how it works. Study the universe from the smallest parts of an atom to the cosmos.

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Available subjects

  • Applied Physics
  • Physics

Our research expertise

We are at the forefront of a wide range of exciting research

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