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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. 

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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

21 June - 27 September 2022
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Secondary school events
Events for prospective students

'Preparing for the PAT' online course

For anyone interested in applying to study Physics at Oxford - a free online course designed to ​​develop the problem solving skills necessary for the...

26 - 30 September 2022
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Seminars and colloquia

Access and Engagement Development Week

A week to showcase, share and celebrate access and public engagement in the Department

14 October 2022
Seminars and colloquia

Theoretical Physics Colloquium: Leverhulme Peierls Fellows

Theoretical physics colloquia

28 October 2022
Seminars and colloquia

Theoretical Physics Colloquium: Tidal evolution of planetary and stellar systems

Theoretical physics colloquia

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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

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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!