Undergraduate Courses


Physics at Oxford offers both a strong theoretical grounding in fundamentals, and opportunities to develop practical skills in research, over either a three-year BA course, or a four-year MPhys course, which includes a research project.

Physics is concerned with the study of the universe from the smallest to the largest scale: it is about unravelling its complexities to discover the way it is and how it works. Discoveries in physics have formed the foundation of countless technological advances and play an important role in many scientific areas. Many techniques used in medical imaging, nanotechnology and quantum computing are derived from physics instrumentation.

Even the World Wide Web was a spin-off from the information processing and communications requirements of high-energy particle physics. The contributions of physics to solving global problems such as energy production, environmental protection, global warming and public health are essential and have an enormous impact on our society.

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The course at St Peter's

The College expects to admit about five students to read Physics each year. This subject has a relatively large number of lectures (about ten a week), which are complemented by practicals in the University laboratories, but individual contact and intellectual development through tutorials, led by college tutors, are an essential part of the course.

It is also possible to study Physics in combination with Philosophy.

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