Perhaps the best reason for studying physics is to discover, in the words of Richard Feynman, the “pleasure of finding things out”.

As the most fundamental of the sciences, physics seeks to describe, predict and manipulate nature at the most basic level. The study of physics equips students with analytical, mathematical and practical skills which are useful in a wide range of vocations; physics graduates are sought-after by employers in sectors as diverse as industry, education and finance.

Magdalen has five Fellows in Physics (of whom three are Tutorial Fellows). We admit students for the four-year Physics course and we also take students for Physics and Philosophy when strong candidates apply. Magdalen tutors cover the tutorials on most of the material in the first three years of the course, and we have robust arrangements for external tutors for more specialised material at the later stages.

Entry requirements


All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

Written work

None required.

Specific subjects

Physics and Mathematics are essential. The inclusion of a Mechanics module is recommended, and Further Mathematics is considered helpful. We expect you to have taken and passed any practical component in your chosen science subjects.

Deferred entry

Applications for deferred entry may be considered, although not for the joint school of Physics and Philosophy.