Physics addresses the most fundamental questions of existence, from the very nature of matter to the origin of the Universe, and from the cosmological to the sub-nuclear. Physics is also pivotal to shaping the technologies of the future.

Several Nobel Laureates carried out their pioneering research at the University of Bristol, including the discovery of the π meson and the theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems. Research in the school has underpinned fundamental advances in quantum mechanics.


Our research facilities include the University’s £11M, state of the art Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, adjoined to the School of Physics and accommodating our Quantum Tech development activities.  This purpose-designed building is home to some of the “quietest” labs in the world with vibration levels measured lower than the lowest recognised criteria. There has been substantial investment in facilities for the School in recent years including a specialist materials preparation suite; a dedicated electronics lab; specialist labs for materials analysis; a well-supported mechanical and glass workshop; and a £1.8M Cleanroom which opened in 2015. The University’s High Performance Computer Centre, BlueCrystal is also located in the Physics building.  We benefit from our own library with approximately 33,000 volumes.