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Department of Physics research

We have a thriving research programme, encompassing physics from the nanoscales to the most energetic processes in the Universe.

Research groups

Our research covers a wide spectrum of activities, from fundamental physics to technological applications.


Section of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field snapshot showing thousands of galaxies with various ages, sizes, shapes, and colours. Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team.

We study exploding stars, growing galaxies and feeding black holes in an expanding Universe.



We research how quantum mechanical and thermodynamic properties of molecules, nanostructures, multilayers and glassy materials can be modified.


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We carry out world-leading research in the science and technology of light.

Research Centres

We are involved in a number of cross-disciplinary research centres.

Join us

Find out how to join us as a PhD student or research fellow.

Doctoral College

Students discussing project

We support and enrich the experience of our doctoral researchers and play a key role in developing policy and strategy relevant to doctoral study.

Research excellence

The results of the Research Evaluation Framework (REF) 2014 confirm the excellence of the research undertaken in the Department.

Our facilities

Find out what facilities we've got and how to access them.

David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility

Some equipment in the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility

We provide access and training on specialist equipment for micro-scale and nano-scale fabrication for University of Bath researchers and external organisations.

Fibre fabrication facility

An optical fibre preform in the fabrication facility at Bath

Find out about how we use our optical fibre fabrication facility to make speciality optical fibre and how you can access the facility for your own work.

Department of Physics

Find out more about our department including our courses and staff.