Physics and Philosophy

Physics and Philosophy 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, and 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.

Philosophy teaching is supported by two tutors and two lecturers in Philosophy, including a dedicated tutor for Physics and Philosophy with a background in Physics. Balliol is unique for the size of its Physics and Philosophy cohort and the tutorial support of the subject.

Number of places at Balliol: 9-11 (including 6-7 for Physics).


Alexander Bown (photo: Stuart Bebb)
Associate Professor, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient Philosophy
Adam Caulton (photo: Rob Judges)
Associate Professor, Clarendon University Lecturer, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy
Brian Foster
Donald H. Perkins Professor of Experimental Physics and Professorial Fellow
Alexander Kaiserman (photo: Rob Judges)
Associate Professor, Fairfax Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy
David Lucas
Professor of Physics, Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Professor of Physics, Fellow and Tutor in Theoretical Physics
Armin Reinhold
Reader in Particle Physics, Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Anthony Dyson
Lecturer in Physics
Jonathon McIntosh
Lecturer in Philosophy
Christopher Palmer
Lecturer in Physics

About the course

For information on Physics please see the Physics website, and for Philosophy see the Faculty of Philosophy website. There is also information on the Philosophy of Physics pages, and on the University’s course pages.

Course requirements and selection criteria

For information on what subjects you need to study at school, please see the Physics admissions website.

Please also see:

How to apply to read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College


Alumni profiles