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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

10 January 2023
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Secondary school events

Year 10 Materials & Physics Day

A fun-filled activity day hosted by the Physics & Materials departments for Year 10 students interested in Materials Science or Physics

13 January 2023
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Secondary school events
Events for prospective students

Philosophy Plus

A taster event to find out more about the joint courses in philosophy plus science at Oxford

26 January 2023
Seminars and colloquia

Excited-state interaction dynamics in semiconducting materials from first principles

Sivan Refaely-Abramson, Department of Molecular Chemistry and Materials Science, Weizmann Institute of Science

30 January 2023
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Seminars and colloquia

ALP Seminar: Unravelling novel hydrodynamics instabilities in HED plasmas on NIF

Speaker: Alexis Casner

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

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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!