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Welcome to the Department of Physics at Durham

The Physics Department is a thriving centre for research and education.

We are proud that our Department closely aligns the teaching and learning experience for its students with the research-intensive values and practices of the University. Research-led teaching is embedded at all levels from first year laboratory reports to our final year MSci flagship individual research projects.

The Department incorporates the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, is home to the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology and the Institute for Computational Cosmology. The Ogden Centre is also the base for our innovative outreach programme for school children and their teachers.

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2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2024
3rd for Physics and Astronomy in the Complete University Guide 2024
96%
96% of our research outputs are world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
3rd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
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Before you arrive Welcome and Induction

News

Spin out company Kromek raises £15m in flotation

A Durham University spin out company specialising in digital colour x-ray imaging has been attracting the attention of investors worldwide after its shares began trading on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for growing companies. Kromek raised £15m to help fund expansion and future growth in a successful, oversubscribed, flotation on 16 October that valued the company at £55m.
Science Site and Bill Bryson Library

Queen’s Award for Durham University academic

A Durham University academic has been awarded The Queen's Award For Enterprise Promotion, the UK's highest accolade for business success, for his work in promoting enterprise and business in the North East. The award to Professor Brian Tanner, Professor of Physics & Dean of Knowledge Transfer at Durham University, recognises his involvement in enterprise promotion over 30 years, nationally and internationally.
Science Site and Bill Bryson Library

Our pioneering projects in solar and space technologies awarded funding from UK Space Agency

Our scientists and engineers are at the forefront of global innovation. Experts from our world-leading Physics Department are leading on two pioneering projects that will develop optical technologies for future satellites instrumentation and transform our observations of the Sun and high energy astrophysics.
ETP

Durham researchers named among world’s best

Three of our professors have been named among the world’s best for the quality and influence of their research, highlighting the global strength of Durham’s research.
Adrian Jenkins, Tom Theuns and Carlos Frenk

Durham scientists to map the dark Universe

Our astronomers and cosmologists are involved in an international satellite mission to map the dark Universe.
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Undergraduate study

Find out more about our BSc and MPhys courses.

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Postgraduate study

Discover more about our taught courses and research degrees.

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Our research

We are one of the top Physics Departments in the UK for research, as recognised in repeated assessments and league tables.

According to REF2014, 100% of our research impact and 94.2% of our research outputs were judged to be internationally excellent.
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Look Closer at the Faculty of Science

Whether it’s our world-leading research that seeks to empower and inspire, our commitment to educational excellence across eight academic departments, or our focus on the next generation of scientists through our ground breaking science outreach and engagement. We push forward, break down barriers, asking the big questions and getting answers. Watch our short video to find out why there’s more to science at Durham than meets the eye.

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Open Days & Visits

We can offer personal tours of the Physics Department by arrangement, in addition to the University’s standard open day offerings. to discuss a department tour, please see ‘Arrange a personal tour’ below.

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Experience Durham by arranging a personal tour

Arrange to have a personal tour of our department buildings and facilities, meet departmental staff and get a feel for what it would be like to study here.

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Student updates

What it's been like studying Physics

3rd year Physics student Jack reflects on his studies during the pandemic

Physics Rochester Building

Day in the life of a 3rd year Physics student: My Industrial Project

Physics student Gabriel tells us about his Team Project module at Durham

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Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about our department.

Department of Physics
Durham University
Lower Mountjoy
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
United Kingdom

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