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.

Great student experience

We are proud of our reputation as a friendly department, and of the supportive environment that we provide for our students, with our physics courses having been ranked top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

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Outstanding teaching

Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Surrey delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

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Research excellence

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) 84 per cent of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Physics category.

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Our strengths

A key strength of our Department is our Professional Training placements. Our undergraduate students doing a BSc course have the opportunity to apply for a year working in industry, providing a unique selling point for their CV.

Our undergraduate students doing an Mphys course 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.


We have multiple laboratories and equipment to assist with our soft matter, radiation and medical physics, photonics and quantum sciences and experimental nuclear physics research.

Study with us

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


We are committed to improving the wellbeing of our staff and students. We want to help embed wellbeing into the fabric of the University and support our staff and students throughout their time at Surrey.

We are taking part in the University-wide Wellbeing Champion initiative, encouraging everyone to look after their mental health and promoting the services offered at Surrey to help them do so.

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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.


We collaborate with a variety of partners across the academic, industry and public communities, including:

  • SEPnet, a consortium of nine partner universities working together to advance and sustain physics within the UK economy
  • GRADnet, a graduate school for PhD students, which offers cooperative outreach activities, and a regional employer engagement programme
  • The National Physical Laboratory who are a world-leading measurement solutions laboratory
  • The Advanced Technology Institute here at Surrey, bringing together researchers with an international outlook in quantum information, nanotechnology, energy and advanced materials.