New Earth-like planet found around nearest star

Clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System, has been found by an international team of scientists led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Using facilities operated by ESO (the European Southern Observatory) and other telescopes, the research, which is published in the journal Nature, reveals a world with a similar mass to Earth orbiting around Proxima Centauri.

The planet, called Proxima b, orbits its parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth, and is the closest planet outside our Solar System. Planets around other stars are commonly referred to as exoplanets.

Top for Student Satisfaction in London

The School of Physics and Astronomy has been ranked first in London for overall satisfaction for the third year running in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS 2016). 

The results of the nationwide poll of final year undergraduates are a reflection of the School’s commitment to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment with the highest quality of teaching.

QMUL as a whole was ranked first in London for overall satisfaction out of institutions in the Russell Group (a group of leading universities for teaching and research). 

For the more on our NSS 2016 results see the QMUL News page.

Post exam open day - Undergraduate

QMUL open day helper

Thinking again about where you'd like to study next year?

Join admissions staff and current students for a laid-back event designed to give you a second chance to find out about life as a student at the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL.

1.00pm - 3.00pm Thursday 14th July

For event location, map and booking details visit the event page.

Session content

  • Top tips for preparing for life as a physics student

  • Information and advice from our Director of Admissions, including tips for clearing and adjustment

  • Chat to current students about study and social life

  • Take a tour of our campus and facilities

Register for our Undergraduate Open Day

As part of a university-wide event, we're running demonstrations, talks, tours, activities and taster lectures over two days designed to give you an insight into life as a physics student. We'll also be on hand to answer questions about applications, study options and talk about what a physics degree from QMUL can do for your future!

Undergraduate Open day: 8th October

The open day really is the best way to find out more about the study at the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL. Don't forget to register online for updates on the schedule as it develops!

Find out more and register online

Summer Internship Opportunity for our undergraduate students **Internal Only**

The School of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to award a summer internship offering experience in web programming and particle physics. The Intern will contribute to the development of a prototype web app for enhancing science teaching delivery in secondary schools.

The School of Physics and Astronomy has a highly active outreach and recruitment team, delivering a wide range of activities to widen participation in higher education, enhance science education and strengthen the relationship between Queen Mary and the wider community.

For more information, please visit our HR website.

Student blog gets underway Articlephysics.org

The School of Physics and Astronomy student blog articlephysics.org has picked up momentum since its launch in February. The blog now features several stories by different student bloggers covering everything from MSc project choice and revision strategies to gender equality in physics and life as a student in London.

The purpose of the blog is to give prospective students an insight into life in the School of Physics and Astronomy as well as giving current students the chance to create original content on subjects that interest them.

Gabriele Travaglini receives Bessel Award

Professor Gabriele Travaglini at a whiteboard

Professor Gabriele Travaglini has been awarded one of the 2016 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Bessel Award is given each year to researchers from all disciplines in recognition of their outstanding research record and exceptional future promise. The prize will also allow him to spend a period of one year at Humboldt University Berlin, where he will work in the group of Professor Jan Plefka on Scattering Amplitudes - the fundamental quantities at the heart of quantum theory, which are central to our understanding of the fundamental interactions of Nature.

New video: MSc programmes in Astrophysics and Physics

Opening frame from MSc video

Hear Simon and Alex, two of our current master's level students, talk about their work at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Find out about facilities, projects, academic supervision and taught modules as well as the inspiring nature of higher level physics and astronomy. 

Click here to watch the videos on our youtube channel.

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