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

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...

2 July 2022
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Alumni events

The 2022 Physics Alumni Garden Party

The annual Alumni Garden Party is back!

4 July 2022
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Public talks and lectures

Higgs@10: Ten years of the Higgs Boson

Celebrate with us! In person or online...

18 July 2022
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Seminars and colloquia

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

Speaker: Alexis Casner

Female scientist

Giving

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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Alumni

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!