Physics

As physicists, we’re passionate about understanding the world around us. From the origins of galaxies and dark matter, to developing ultra-fast lasers and exploring the sub-atomic world, we seek to understand how the world works, and to harness this understanding to improve lives.

Our physics courses put you on a fascinating path of scientific discovery, with topics spanning the breadth of this diverse subject.

Home to a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including a student observatory and high performance computer facilities, we have a strategic partnership with the National Physical Laboratory and host world-leading research groups. These include our Astrophysics Research Group, our Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group and our Radiation and Medical Physics Group.

According to the Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, 98 per cent of our undergraduate students, 90 per cent of our postgraduate taught student and 100 per cent of our postgraduate research students are in work or further education.

We are also a member of the Institute of Physics equality and diversity initiative, Project Juno, that rewards physics departments for promoting gender equality in physics, and have been awarded Juno Champion status.

Students and graduates

Studentships

Engineering science for health studentships

Funding information:

UKRI-aligned stipend (£17,668 pa for 2022-23), approved University of Surrey fees and a research budget. An additional bursary of £1,700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.

Centre for Quantum Biology studentships

Funding information:

UKRI-aligned stipend (£17,668 pa for 2022-23), approved University of Surrey fees and a research budget.

Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI studentships

Funding information:

​The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1,700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.