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Department of Physics

Undergraduate Programmes

Durham has been ranked among the top UK Physics and Astronomy Departments in The Times league table for a number of years.

The Complete University Guide ranks Durham's Physics Department in fourth place nationally based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research and graduate prospects. Only Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial have higher scores.

Physics is fundamental. It is central to our understanding of the nature of matter and the composition and origin of the Universe. It underpins the technological advances of modern society. Studying Physics enables you to learn about the big bang, black holes, the Higgs boson, high temperature superconductors, quantum mechanics, relativity, superstrings and the search for a unifying field theory. A well chosen physics degree programme will also help you to develop the positive qualities sought by employers the world over and will give you the opportunity to lead scientific technological developments.

“Coming to Durham to do a physics degree has been the best decision of my life!”

A current student

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