St John's College Oxford
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