Department of Physics

Highlights

The science of watching paint dry; nanotech for everyday impact

Research from the department could help improve the performance of a wide variety of everyday goods, from paint to sunscreen.

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Rankings

The University of Surrey was ranked 8th nationally for physics by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, and 10th by The Complete University Guide 2017.

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Distinctive study programmes

Our programmes reflect the diversity of modern physics.

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Advancing physics

Our department is part of the SEPnet consortium of six partner universities, working together to advance and sustain physics within the south-east region of England.

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The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 84 per cent of our research output as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Featured news

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My Surrey experience – Louise Weller, Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics

“As a physics teacher I feel so lucky to be able to talk about physics all day long. The best days are when a student says ‘oh I get it now’, or when they have a huge grin on their face because they’ve done well in a physics examination.”

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Physics student named ‘Postgraduate of the Year’ by UK Nuclear Skills

Michael Hodgson, who completed his PhD in detector physics at Surrey and is now a Technical Manager at Centronic Ltd, has won the UK Nuclear Skills ‘Postgraduate of the Year’ award.

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Astrophysics researcher awarded STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

The award of one of the UK’s most prestigious Fellowships for early career researchers will allow Dr Fabio Antonini to spend five years in Surrey’s Department of Physics, furthering his pioneering research on black holes.

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