Higher education and research

The Institute promotes the interests of physics departments in universities:

  • Through its work with the Standing Conference of Physics Professors, the body which represents heads of physics departments in the UK and Ireland
  • Through its comprehensive web based guide to physics research in the UK, Research Fields in Physics, and its publication MSc and Postgraduate Diploma Courses in Physics and Related Areas
  • By maintaining a substantial database of statistics relating to physics education in the UK
  • By representing the views of the physics community when responding to government consultations into higher education
  • By publishing its own reports on issues of current concern
  • By monitoring the standard of undergraduate physics degrees through its degree accreditation programme.

Related information


University Student Network

The network is run by student members of the Institute to act as a contact point for students and physics societies

Heads of Department booklet (PDF, 252 KB)

A guide to the Higher Education and Research department

Consultations and statistics


IOP Groups

Publications: 2008

Research Fields in Physics

Research Fields in Physics

Research Fields in Physics presents details of research in physics undertaken at university physics departments in the UK and Ireland