Our physics students achieve excellent results: over the last four years, more than 50% have graduated with a first-class degree.
Trinity welcomes applications for the three- and the four-year courses in Physics. The syllabus for these courses is the same at every College. The University Department organises lectures and lab-based practicals; the College organises the small-group teaching (tutorials or classes), so your College tutors play a key role in your course. Our tutors are looking for students with excellent mathematical skills and well-focused scientific curiosity.
For the first three years, teaching of Physics at Trinity is mainly provided by the College tutors. In the fourth year, most teaching is focused on a research project and optional courses organised by the Department, but College tutors still provide academic supervision. In the first three years, our tutors generally provide one tutorial and one problem class per week to complement the lecture courses organised by the University.
First-year students can expect to spend roughly equal amounts of time on Physics and Mathematics. Practice exams are set at the beginning of most terms to allow students to consolidate their learning and to prepare for university examinations.
All our tutors are research scientists, who spend part of their week leading groups working in their laboratories:
Professor Peter Read’s research interests are in atmospheric physics and the dynamics of planetary atmospheres.
Professor Justin Wark’s are in the use of ultra-high intensity lasers in atomic and plasma physics, and in the development and application of femtosecond X-ray diffraction.
Dr Sam Vinko’s research interests include experimental, theoretical and computational studies of matter under extreme conditions using the latest generation XUV and x-ray free electron laser (FEL) light sources.
Dr Francesco Hautmann is a theoretical high energy particle physicist who works on aspects of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) with applications to both the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and in astrophysics.
Trinity is only a short distance from the Physics Department and the Radcliffe Science Library. The College’s own library is well stocked with relevant course texts and other academic material.