Physical sciences

Physical sciences

  • Cavendish Laboratory: physics of medicine
    Cavendish Laboratory: physics of medicine
  • Centre for Mathematical Sciences by twilight
    Centre for Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Physics
    Department of Physics
  • Telescopes

With its outstanding track record in research and teaching, the School of the Physical Sciences is home to some of the world's most important work in astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, materials science, physics, and pure and applied mathematics.

The School of the Physical Sciences is one of six Schools making up the academic work of the University.  It encompasses nine departments, which include Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Mathematics and Physics.  

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Opportunities in 'Physical sciences'

Centre for Mathematical Sciences building
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics carries out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics.
Arcminute Microkelvin Imager Small Array
The Institute of Astronomy carries out teaching and research in the fields of theoretical and observational astronomy. A wide class of theoretical problems are studied, ranging from models of quasars and of the evolution of the universe, through to theories of the formation and evolution of galaxies and stars, X-ray sources and black holes.
Chemistry at Cambridge aims to support fundamental science of the highest quality in a first class physical environment.
Department of Earth Sciences
As a large, integrated department the expertise and current research of our staff spans many areas of the earth sciences.
Ceiling map at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)
The Association of Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute was established in 1946 to provide individuals with a way of supporting the important work of the Institute.
A van makes its way through a grassland landscape. Image courtesy of Professor Ulf Büntgen
Cambridge Geography is defined by its broad curriculum and innovative teaching, paired with world-class research, and a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work to address global challenges.
Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences
The Isaac Newton Institute is the UK's national research institute for mathematics.
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy building, West Cambridge
The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy plays a central and major role in research and teaching in materials science.
Cavendish Laboratory - Department of Physics
The Department of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory carries out a range of research into biological, extreme, materials and quantum physics themes, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. This diversity of approach allows for cross-fertilisation of ideas and synergies for the analysis of physics problems.
Centre for Mathematical Sciences, home of DPMMS
The Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) is one of two mathematics departments at the University of Cambridge.
Sedgwick Museum raptor skeleton
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728. A walk through the museum takes you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time, from the meteoritic building blocks of planets to the thousands of fossils of animals and plants that illustrate the evolution of life in the oceans, on land and in the air.
Drawers of rocks from the Terra Nova expedition, 1910–1913
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728. To improve the accessibility of its world-renowned igneous and metamorphic rock collection, the Museum proposes to build a new Geological Collections Store to adjoin the AG Brighton Building in which the Museum is located.

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