Welcome to the Department of Physics.

We are home to 35 academic staff and around 500 students at all levels from undergraduate through to PhD. 

A key strength of our physics department is our placement programmes. Our BSc students have the opportunity to apply for a year working in industry, launching their career and providing a unique selling point for their CV. Our Mphys students go on a full research year that can be in Surrey or, in many cases, overseas. There, they have the opportunity to undertake cutting edge research in a world class laboratory or research group, setting them up for a professional research career.


Our research spans the breadth of modern physics and is supported by high-quality facilities. Activities include both pure research, such as work on understanding nuclear structure, and more applied research, such as photonics.

At all levels, our teaching is research-led and aims to give students flexibility in studying.


We collaborate with a variety of partners across the academic, industry and public communities. We are partnered with the National Physical Laboratory, and are a part of SEPnet. SEPnet (South East Physics network) is a consortium of nine partner universities working together to advance and sustain physics as a strategically important subject for the UK economy and its science base in the South East of England. It was set up in 2008 with funding £12.5 million from the UK government.

SEPnet includes collaboration on research, a graduate school for PhD students, GRADnet, cooperative outreach activities, and a regional employer engagement programme.

Our degrees are accredited by members of the Institute of Physics, and we are part of the Institute's equality and diversity initiative, Project Juno.


We are proud of our reputation as a friendly department, and of the supportive environment that we provide for our students.

We aim for our students to gain an understanding of physics that is relevant to working in industry, well-suited to further study and transferrable to the wider world.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Our Department has a strong reputation in research; in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 84 per cent of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

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Department of Physics
University of Surrey