Physics | University of Oxford


Want to find out more about Physics? 

We hope that you’ll enjoy the resources we’ve put together for you. On this page, you can learn about admissions for Physics, find out about the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT), and enjoy a sample lecture. 

Don’t forget to visit our webpage for even more information about the course and admissions processes.

Physics Admissions

The Department of Physics is looking for students of the highest ability in physics. Selection is based on a candidate’s performance in the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT), information in their UCAS application and other contextual information. The PAT together with the interviews and UCAS information enables a candidate’s physics, maths and problem-solving ability to be judged and allows us to identify top-quality students with the potential to succeed on our physics courses.

Below are 2 useful videos: one detailing the application process for Physics, and the other looking at the PAT in more detail.

Preparing for the PAT (Physics Aptitude Test)

Please see our webpage for detailed course descriptions, admissions questions and more information about the PAT. 

Physics is about unravelling the complexity of the universe to discover how and why it works. Discoveries in physics form the foundation of countless technological advances and play an important role in many scientific areas. The contributions of physics to solving global problems such as energy production, environmental protection, global warming and public health are essential and have an enormous impact on our society.

Physics is an exciting and challenging field to study, requiring an adventurous and inquiring mind, and good mathematical abilities. The rewards include a deeper understanding of the world around us and the development of skills that are highly sought after by many employers.

Our Physics courses investigate the basic principles of modern physics with a strong emphasis on its mathematical foundation. They also include a significant amount of experimental work and the possibility of studying a non-physics subject. There is also a common emphasis on individual development, discussion and the ability to work with others in the laboratory. 

Information on our courses, including Physics and Philosophy, can be found here

A snapshot of a first year optional lecture in Quantum Ideas can be found below.

Sample Lecture: first year Quantum Ideas