Department of Physics

91% of our research is world leading / internationally excellent

The results of REF 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

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Scientists from the Department have identified a method to visualise the initial quantum behaviour of electrons on a surface

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Dr Richard James carried out extensive computer simulations to demonstrate that it is unlikely that a single bird once had a smart idea


Head of Physics - Prof Simon Bending

simon_bendingWe offer a distinctive environment for studying physics at all levels. Our highly-motivated students learn through carefully-designed study programmes delivered by physicists who are leaders in their fields. A combination of outstanding teaching, ground-breaking research (13th ranked UK Physics Department in REF2014), excellent links with industry and one of the best placement schemes in the country, leads to very high student achievement and employment prospects.

Above all, we pride ourselves on being a friendly department whose staff share common scientific interests and the desire for all our students to realise their full potential.

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