Welcome to the Department of Physics

We apply the transformative power of physics to the foremost scientific problems; educate the next generation of leading physicists; and promote the public understanding of physics.

Our commitment

We are committed to equality for all our employees and our students. Our goal is to be as diverse as the community around us and for everyone in the department to value that diversity. We are on a programme of continuous improvement to help us achieve that aim.

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We are training the next generation of physicists

Our three and four year undergraduate degrees follow a broad and demanding curriculum and graduates from all over the world come here for their doctoral studies.

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Over 100 academics lead research spanning the breadth of physics

We gaze into the far reaches of the cosmos, address pressing questions about the Earth's climate and explore the strange world of quantum mechanics.

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Our experts can help your business

We work with companies to share expertise, develop new ideas, provide services and commercialise research. We welcome working with new business partners.

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Alumni, Donors and Friends

Stay connected with us, hear about our latest research, and network with colleagues by joining our vibrant alumni community.

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Sharing our research with you

We run events and lectures to share the exciting research that we do with the public and we work with schools to help inspire the next generation of scientists.

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Facilities and buildings

The Beecroft Building for Physics

State of the art working space for theorists and high-tech laboratories for experimentalists

Our stunning new building provides us with the very highest quality offices, meeting rooms and collaboration spaces but this belies the true extent of the building which goes below ground as far as it goes above.

The basement levels contain exceptionally high specification laboratories with ultra stable conditions for precision science at the atomic level.

The building was opened by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on 17th September 2018.

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