Physics is concerned with the study of the universe from the smallest to the largest scale, why it is the way it is and how it works.

Average intake: 6

  • St John's Physics students study in the Oxford Physics Department, which combines an outstanding research record with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, including tutorials.
  • Tutorials are led by active researchers who are passionate about teaching and able to draw connections between the course and their current research in a range of fields.
  • Students are encouraged to think critically, work out problems independently, and formulate their own questions to develop a deep understanding of the subject.
  • All the first year college teaching in Mathematics for Physics is carried out by Dr Sivia who has unrivalled experience and expertise in the area. He is the author of a successful two-volume textbook "Foundations of Science Mathematics" (1999, OUP).
  • Undergraduates have excellent opportunities to learn about current research, not only through their lectures and tutorials but also by working with tutors on research projects during the vacations.
  • St. John's attracts excellent physics students who work well together in a friendly, mutually supportive atmosphere.
  • There are many opportunities for physicists to socialise formally and informally with one another, postgraduate students, and researchers, including regularly held subject dinners.
  • Physicists are very highly valued by employers because of their ability to apply physical ideas to real world problems. They are employed in a wide variety of fields, including electronics, manufacturing, finance, accountancy, academia and the public sector.

Read profiles from three St John's students studying Physics here, here and here.
Watch a St John's student talking about studying Physics:

Physics Student: Elizabeth Carr

Watch St John's students and tutors discuss studying Physics at St John's and Oxford:

Physics and Joint Schools tutors