Department of Physics

Our research

Our researchers change the world: our understanding of it and how we live in it. We explore the fundamentals – how we got here and the secrets of the universe – as well as the practical from developing next-gen materials to pushing the frontiers of quantum and predicting the future for our planet. 

Launch your studies

Our dynamic programme of outstanding research as well as our specialist research facilities, collaborative research networks and international renown attract the brightest minds from around the world. Come and join them.

Upcoming events

8 July 2021
NASA image
Secondary school events

Big questions in astronomy!

Women in astronomy panel discussion

14 July 2021
An image of NGC2336 ESA/Hubble & NASA
Public talks and lectures

Frontiers of astrophysics at Oxford

From black holes to the cosmic chasm via other Earths, we will be exploring the frontiers of astrophysics at the University of Oxford in this...

23 July 2021
An illustration about 'The Martian'
Public talks and lectures
Public events for children and young people
Alumni events

The Martian - science fiction and science fact

The St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP) are hosting this lecture by Dr Jim Green, NASA Chief Scientist, on Zoom.

Female scientist


How to support the Department of Physics

Find out how you can support our world-class scientific research and teaching and help the Department of Physics to tackle some of the most urgent and fascinating challenges we face today

Alumni of the Department of Physics at an event


Once a physicist, always a physicist...

Our alumni relations office exists to nurture and develop long-lasting relationships between students, staff and friends of the Department of Physics so please do get in touch with ideas, feedback or just to say hello!