Latest news and comment

Upcoming events

28 November - 14 December 2023
Galaxy image
Primary school events

Galaxy Zoo: Galactic Explorers Challenge

We invite 7 - 12-year-olds from across the UK to become astrophysicists for a week, classifying galaxies from real satellite images and creating their very...

29 November 2023
The whirpool galaxy M51. Bright lanes of star formation may be triggered by interactions with a nearby companion. In Oxford we study the growth, evolution, central black holes, star formation rates and instellar medium of galaxies, the building blocks of our universe.  Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Events for prospective students
Undergraduate events
Graduate events

Astrophysics graduate open day

An event for prospective graduate students

30 November 2023
Two physicists (a female and male) working on a lab experiment
Seminars and colloquia

ALP Seminar: Circuits that learn on their own

Dr Andrea Liu, UPenn

1 December 2023
A male and female research scientist with scientific instrument
Events for prospective students
Undergraduate events
Graduate events

Condensed Matter Physics graduate open day

The University of Oxford Condensed Matter Physics (CMP) sub-department is holding an Open Day for prospective DPhil applicants on Friday 1 December 2023.

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.
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!