We develop mathematical theories to describe the fundamental properties of nature and explore their implications. Our activities include

  • Quantum Chromodynamics and collider phenomenology
  • Physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Particle astrophysics and cosmology
  • Gauge-string duality and holography
  • String theory and its phenomenology
  • Quantum field theory and quantum gravity

We have close links with our colleagues in experimental Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and in the  Mathematical Physics Group at the Maths Institute.


Our friend and colleague Graham Ross died suddenly on the evening of 31 October 2021.

Graham joined the Theoretical Physics faculty in 1984, and was a fellow of Wadham College. He was elected FRS in 1991. He made many important contributions to theoretical particle physics, including the first prediction of gluon jets at electron-positron colliders, the prediction of the electroweak mixing angle from grand unified theories, the application of supersymmetry to the Standard Model, and to the interaction of particle physics and inflationary cosmology. You can find an obituary at https://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/news/obituary-professor-graham-ross

Video recordings of talks given at GrahamFest 2011, the event that marked his formal retirement from Oxford, can be found here: GrahamFest 2011 videos