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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Research Excellence Framework

84 per cent of our research output is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Seeing the Unseen: Schools event

  • Tuesday 31 Oct. 2017

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Seeing the Unseen: Public Event

  • Tuesday 31 Oct. 2017

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Good Vibrations - Working in Acoustic Consultancy

  • Wednesday 08 Nov. 2017

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Featured news

Press release

University of Surrey part of historic team to “see” neutron stars collide

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration have announced that they have photographic evidence of the aftermath of a collision between two neutron stars, called a kilonova.

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Feature

Nuclear Physics Group wins £3m STFC grant for fundamental research

Surrey’s Nuclear Physics Group has won a £3m grant from STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) to fund three years of experimental and theoretical research – which will have knock-on benefits in healthcare, the nuclear industry and other sectors.

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Feature

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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