Department of Physics

Discover our Department, home to high-quality research and outstanding teaching. Our research is focussed in five key areas: Astrophysics, nuclear physics, photonics and quantum sciences, radiation and medical physics, and soft matter.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our students with an online virtual learning environment, embedded research projects, and a world-leading student placement programme.

Study with us

Our department is a vibrant and engaging community for students at all levels of study and we have state-of-the-art facilities including a new student observatory.

Our undergraduate physics courses offer a fully integrated Professional Training placement or research placement, which provides our students with an excellent foundation for both employment and further study. Undergraduate and postgraduate students are offered the chance to connect with employers during their studies through employment mentoring, talks, site visits, employment fairs and summer placements. We also have an employer mentoring programme and graduate network for our research students.

Our people

Professor Justin Read

Head of the Department of Physics

Prof. Justin Read is Head of Physics at the University of Surrey. His main area of research is gravitational probes of dark matter, studying everything from the tiniest galaxies in the Universe, where we can measure how dark matter clusters on the smallest scales, to giant clusters of galaxies, where we can produce images of the distribution of dark matter using gravitation...

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Latest blog posts

21.07.20

So long, it’s been good to Zoom you

Normally at this time of year we’d be enjoying the graduation ceremonies for our undergraduate...

03.10.18

The 2018 Physics Nobel Prize

By Professor Jeremy Allam, University of Surrey You might have seen yesterday’s announcement of the...