Physics at Balliol College

Among all the colleges in the University, Balliol has one of the largest intakes of Physics students: we admit eight to ten students per year in Physics and in Physics and Philosophy. Balliol is one of only a handful of colleges to have four full-time Physics tutors. Between them they cover almost the entire Physics undergraduate syllabus in tutorials.

Balliol has a particular commitment to fundamental aspects of Physics, such as quantum mechanics, particle physics, and theoretical physics, which is reflected in the tutors’ research interests. The College also has a Philosophy Tutor specialising in the philosophy of Physics. In addition, Balliol has a Professorial Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow in Physics. Our research reaches from quantum information processing and fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics to particle physics and string theory (see below).

Departmental lectures are accompanied by tutorials in College for the first three years of the course. Tutorials typically last one hour and are with one, two, or three students. The Balliol tutors cover almost the entire range of undergraduate subjects, including mechanics, special relativity, and mathematics in the first year; electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics in the second year; and advanced courses on fluid dynamics, atomic physics, particle physics, symmetries, and general relativity in the third year.

Number of places at Balliol: 8-10 (including 4-5 for Physics and Philosophy).


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Dr David Lucas, Fellow and Tutor in Physics

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Professor André Lukas, Fellow and Tutor in Physics

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Dr Armin Reichold, Fellow and Tutor in Physics

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Professor Brian Foster, Fellow and Tutor in Physics

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Dr David Wallace, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy of Physics

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Dr Christopher Palmer, Lecturer in Physics

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Dr Juan Rojo, Lecturer in Physics


About the course

Please see the Physics website. There is also information on the University's course pages.

Course requirements and selection criteria

Please see:

How to apply to read Physics at Balliol College


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