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Physics

We typically seek to admit 6 students across Physics and its joint schools each year.

Physics is a hugely important subject. Understanding physics gives insight into how the world around us works - from the sub-atomic scale to the large-scale structures of the Universe. Physics is a subject that adapts well to an ever-changing environment, and that is why physicists are highly sought-after in the professional world. Physics also stands for innovation, for ideas and outcomes that were not planned. It is exactly this aspect of the subject that produces leadership and advantage in the commercial world. Neither the transistor nor the world-wide web were planned - these ‘inventions' happened because physicists were enthusiastic about what they did.


Oxford has one of the largest Physics departments in the UK. The ~180 undergraduates in each year are reading for either a three-year (BA) or a four-year Master in Physics (MPhys) degree. The four-year course is intended primarily for those who wish to pursue a career in science. If you are unsure whether to choose the three- or the four-year course, it would be best to register for the four-year degree because you can change from MPhys to BA during your course.


Prof Kraus researches the nature of ‘Dark Matter' in the Universe, has an interest in CP-violation, and develops new detectors for future experiments in particle-astrophysics. Prof Johnston investigates the properties of quantum-confined systems, especially optical and electronic processes occurring on a femtosecond timescale.


Students who have graduated in Physics follow a wide variety of careers. Recent Corpus graduates have gone into various branches of Physics, but also into computing and information technology, banking, business, oil exploration, teaching, patent offices, aviation and consultancy firms.


The College admits six students each year to read Physics. The standard A-Level conditional offer for Physics is A*AA, with an A* in either Physics or Maths. Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. The inclusion of a Maths Mechanics module would also be highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to candidates in completing this course, although not required for admission.


 

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