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Become a Member

Join a thriving physics community

We are the professional body for physics in UK and Ireland and our members work in education, academia, business, and the public sector, using physics and its applications to transform our lives and society.

We’re the community for everyone who cares about physics, and together we are striving to build a thriving, diverse physics community. We also provide a platform for networking and collaborating, where our members can help us shape the future of physics, as we are the voice of the physics community.

Elevate your career with membership

Whatever your ambitions for the future, we will support you to achieve your career aspirations and professional development. Membership resources, activities and opportunities will help you to enhance your knowledge, grow your contacts and advance your career. 

To reflect the diverse professional pathways of our members, we offer several registrations. We will support you to gain recognition through professional registration and to become a champion for excellence.

"I enjoy participating in outreach activities to encourage more girls into physics."

Dr Jessica Boland MInstP

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Become a Member

Member grade for graduates, early, mid and experienced career professionals.

Join the IOP today and become part of our vibrant community pushing boundaries and making a difference. We will support you to:

  • Expand your knowledge
  • Connect with your community
  • Become professionally registered
  • Advance your career

Concessionary rate criteria apply; for full details view Membership registration and fees.

Graduates pay £15 (per year) for the first three years after undergraduate graduation/apprenticeship (undergraduate degree level or above) completion from 2020 onwards.


per year

Concession £37.00

Gain recognition through a professional registration 

Keep learning and developing new skills 

Attend events and workshops live and via our on demand service 

Discounted Member rates for conferences 

Network with peers who can help your career grow 

Keep up to date with the latest physics news 

Apply for a range of member only grants and funds 

What you'll need to join...

  • A degree in physics or a related subject
  • A postgraduate degree in physics or a related subject
  • A qualifying scientific apprenticeship
  • A copy of your degree certificate or academic transcript to upload
  • A copy of your scientific apprenticeship documentation to upload
  • Your CV to upload

Unlocking the potential of physics together

Our ambitious strategy sets out our intention to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics ecosystem that will contribute to innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

  • Improving access to physics in the UK, Ireland and further afield​

  • Raising the quality of taught physics degrees through our programme of Accreditation and Recognition​

  • Developing and leading standards of excellence for our community, through professional registration 


  • Celebrating the excellence in physics through our prestigious annual IOP Awards

  • Enhancing physics’ role in building a greener economy​

  • Creating a blueprint for the future of physics R&D to help power the new industrial era​

  • Strengthening connections across the globe to share knowledge and opportunities to collaborate​

"I was the secretary of my local IOP branch and that showed leadership, organisation and people skills that I couldn’t demonstrate as easily in my previous day to day work."

Deborah Phelps MInstP

Membership support and community networks

Professional registration

Get registered

Join us for one of our online workshops to find out all you need to know about applying for a professional registration.

Join a registration workshop

Continuing professional development

CPD activities

The IOP is committed to providing a range of CPD activities for our members to achieve their career goals and increase the professionalism of physicists.

CPD activities

Physics community

Member networks

Our member-only groups and local and national branches bring the whole physics community together, creating opportunities to learn, gain experience, network and collaborate.

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