Physics at Balliol College

Among all the colleges in the University, Balliol has one of the largest intakes of Physics and Physics & Philosophy students, admitting eight to ten across both courses. Balliol is one of only a handful of colleges to have four full-time Tutorial Fellows in Physics. The College also has a Tutorial Fellow specialising in the philosophy of Physics.

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.

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).


Adam Caulton
Clarendon University Lecturer, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy
Brian Foster
Professorial Fellow and Professor of Experimental Physics
Professor of Physics, Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Professor of Physics, Fellow and Tutor in Theoretical Physics
Reader in Particle Physics, Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Christopher Palmer
Lecturer in Physics
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