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Physics is one of the most fundamental sciences. Studying physics is analysing nature to understand how the universe works. Studying physics in Oxford will equip students with all the tools needed to understand the world around us ranging from very small sub-atomic particles to the large scale structure of the cosmos and everything in between.
Pembroke admits 6 students each year. Recommended A-level subjects beyond physics and maths are further maths or other sciences. The language of physics is mathematics and to succeed in physics it is almost more important to be comfortable with maths than to be excellent in physics.
Alfons Weber, the College's Rokos-Clarendon Fellow in Physics, is a particle physicist and has specialised in studying neutrinos and developing instrumentation for research as well as for security applications. He teaches at all levels and especially the sub-atomic part of the course.
Tim Woollings is an Associate Professor of atmospheric physics, with interests in fluid dynamics as applied to both weather and climate science. He teaches mathematics and fluid dynamics from the first year up to graduate level.
Will Fawcett, DPhil candidate in Particle Physics, reflects on Professor Alberto Vecchio's visit to Pembroke and his inspiring talk on Gravitational Waves.
Becky Smethurst, D.Phil candidate in Astrophysics at Pembroke, was interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford earlier this month to talk about the annual event ‘Stargazing Oxford’.
Half of the first year course concentrates on giving our students a solid foundation in maths, while at the same time introducing them to the concepts and methods of classical physics. The second year will re-enforce the mathematical methods, while at the same time moving to the concepts of modern physics covering quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, advanced electro-magnetism and more.
The physics course can be studied in 3 years finishing with a BA or in 4 years to MPhys level. These later years see some specialisation according to the interests of the students as well as a more in-depth research project.
Physics students have a very wide skill set that allows them not only to follow a career in academic research, but also in industries reaching from computing, finance, medical instrumentation to product development. Further information can be found on the University website and departmental web pages.