Situated at our Strand Campus in central London, the Department of Physics has a reputation as a friendly and supportive environment. Teaching is provided by academic staff with internationally leading reputations in the areas of current excitement in physics, including Professor Anatoly Zayats, an expert in the field of plasmonics, and Professor John Ellis CBE FRS, a leading figure at CERN and an expert in theorised supersymmetric particles.
An important aspect of coming to a research-led university, such as King’s College London, is that students are taught and mentored by those at the cutting-edge of science today. 95% of research from the Department of Physics has been classified as being of international quality, and more than half as internationally leading or competitive, in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF). Importantly, unlike many UK departments, King’s Department of Physics submitted for assessment in the REF the research of 100% of its academic staff. As such, our REF result serves as a true reflection of the internationally excellent research being performed in the Department, and means that all the academic staff teaching are also involved with scientific research at the highest level.
Today, physicists at King's are developing new ways to study the molecular processes in biological cells which cause cancer and other diseases, working to understand how the focus between the individual atoms and molecules on the nanoscale shape our macroscopic world, and continuing Maxwell's work in the unification of physics.