Why join?

Why should you join the Institute of Physics?

Membership of the Institute is for everyone who has an interest in the subject and its future. The Institute actively promotes physics to external audiences, increasing awareness of the importance of physics in government, education and industry. Our members come from diverse backgrounds and follow all kinds of different careers; many are directly involved in physics but as many are using their physics training in a wide range of businesses.

To view a list of benefits for each membership grade, please click here to view our benefits table.

Services to members include:


  • Physics World
    Receive paper/digital issues of Physics World the internationally acclaimed magazine each month. The Physics World digital archive* is also available and dates back to 1988
  • www.physicsworld.com
    The latest news, views and information for the global physics community
  • IOP Journals (PDF, 446 KB)
    Download 50 free IOP journal articles, as well as access to archives (available to Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow membership grades) In addition to the 50 free downloads, access the latest Physics Education journal, including its archive which dates back to 1966.


  • Careers
    Careers information and resources for physics graduates and physicists at all career stages
  • Grants and financial support
    Grants to help with costs of attending conferences or similar activities
  • Members room
    The Barton Centre is available to all members Monday to Friday between 8:30 - 18:00. Facilities include 4 work stations with printers, meeting area, free wifi access, selection of science magazines & journals, daily national newspapers and free tea/coffee


  • Chartered status
    Gain professional registration as a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer
  • Professional development
    Professional development and training
  • Professional status
    Post-nominal title in recognition of your professional status as AMInstP, MInstP or FInstP


  • Access to the members only IOP LinkedIn group
    Join the ever expanding IOP LinkedIn group for members
  • @physics.org email address
    PhysMail provides a forwarding email service (whilst membership is active) regardless of how many times you change your email address
  • Events for Nations and Branches
    Local events for members and the wider community through the IOP in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and local branches in England.
  • Conferences
    As a member receive discounts to a wide range of conferences and meetings available
  • MyIOP
    MyIOP is a social networking site for members of the IOP. Use MyIOP to access digital issues of Physics World, Physics World archive, join groups, post in forums and much more
  • Specialist groups
    Join any of the 50 specialist groups in topics in physics covering a wide range of subjects. Groups also provide an opportunity for members to get involved in Institute activities

For further information on any of the services listed above, please contact: member.services@iop.org

*services are only available to certain grades of membership

IOP membership brochure

Email membership@iop.org for a paper copy of the leaflet

Related information

Member Benefits Table

To view a list of benefits for each membership grade, please click to view our benefits table.

Other IOP websites

The membership magazine of the Institute of Physics