Hi guy’s! This is my first episode to share some information regarding top universities to study physics.
Although there are a lot of subjects to study to create pathway for a lucrative career, Physics is still a
subject that attracts a significant number of student to make contribution to society and mankind as a
subject of fundamental science and put own name beside Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei or Albert
Einstein. Starting from Maxwell’s Electromagnetic Theory to String Theory, Quantum Field Theory to
General Relativity, High Energy Physics to Condensed Matter Physics- there are a lot of exciting and
wonderful research fields are active in universities worldwide as mainstream research science. In this
article we will try to categorize some world’s best universities based on their research activity.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Even though it is an Institute of Technology, MIT is still ranked one university with best research facility
on Physics. It has research facility both on Theoretical and Experimental sector. There are four key
research area MIT provides with more than one hundred Faculty Members included several Nobel
Laureates like Rainer Weiss, Frank Wilczek, Wolfgang Ketterle. Astrophysics; Atomic, Biophysics, Plasma
Physics and Condensed Matter Physics; Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics; Theoretical Nuclear
and Particle Physic, all these research areas of MIT are somehow collaborated with world top research
institutes. Like Astrophysics research department is collaborated with Laser Interferometer
Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIOG) that deals with Gravitational Wave detection, Experimental
astrophysicists also have facility to use telescopes at all wavelengths. So, MIT astrophysics is pioneering
to astrophysics research with best research facility. Theoretical astrophysics deals with Strong Gravity
and Gravitational Radiation and also Cosmology and the Growth of Structure of universe. MIT
experimental nuclear physics department has collaboration with Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN,
Europe’s great Nuclear Research Center having world’s greatest research laboratory. So, in many ways-
MIT physics department is the best choice to create a career track of doing forefront research.
MIT Physics department Research- https://web.mit.edu/physics/research/index.html
LHC, CERN- https://home.cern/science/accelerators/large-hadron-collider
Our next choice is to cradle up with Harvard. People are familiar with Harvard as having Best Business
School in the world, but it is also interesting that Harvard University has world’s top Physics School with
advanced research facility. Besides experimental facility on Astrophysics, Molecular Physics, Biophysics-
Harvard has strong theoretical research facility on High Energy Physics/String Theory. If someone want
to meet with Howard Georgi, writer of famous Lie Algebra Textbook that teach world wide as graduate
physics textbook- one can visit Harvard. In 2005 Harvard Physicist Roy J. Glauber earned Nobel Prize in
Physics for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence. There are also some other
Physicist from Harvard such as Norman F. Ramsey, Carlo Rubbia who have earned Nobel Prize.
Interested people to have a research specialty on Mathematical Physics also are invited to make a try
with Harvard. Harvard has experimental Condensed Matter Physics research facility with eighteen
researchers. In total twelve research centers like- Center for Ultracold Atom (CUA) or Max Planck-
Harvard Research Center for Quantum Optics, with collaboration to other universities and international
research center Harvard places no. two in world ranking.
Harvard Physics Research- https://www.physics.harvard.edu/research/centers
This is the university costs highest in the world. Although a degree from Stanford costs higher than any
other university of the world- it worth value. With a limiting acceptance rate below ten percent Stanford
offers world’s best graduate research facility on physics, especially theoretical physics. Stanford Institute
for Theoretical Physics has some giants like Andrei Linde. Being a founder of String Theory, Leonard
Susskind is still active as an academic of Stanford. Experimental and Observational Astrophysics and
Cosmology group of Stanford physics department consists research facility with Dark Matter (an
unknown matter content of universe consists 27% mass of the observable universe) detection using
Cryogenic Dark Matter Detector and LUX-ZEPLIN experiment. If someone is interested to make
contribution for future generation physics as a pioneering dark matter researcher, person can try with
In High Energy Physics sector Stanford offers some very significant research opportunity to understand
fundamental principle of our universe. Why matter is dominating over anti-matter is a key searching
sector using BABAR experiment facility. Stanford High Energy Physics group also has collaboration with
ATLAS experiment of CERN, Geneva.
Stanford Physics- https://physics.stanford.edu/
Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics-https://physics.stanford.edu/research/stanford-institute-theoretical-physics
Cryogenic Dark Matter Detector- http://cdms.berkeley.edu/
ATLAS, CERN- https://atlas.cern/
University of Cambridge
Founded in 1209 Cambridge is England’s second oldest university with huge historical facts. Under age
old famous Cavendish Laboratory, Physics department of Cambridge University has fifteen research
groups. Some of those are relatively new and pioneering to world like- Microelectronics,
Optoelectronics, Nano-Photonics, Quantum Matter (deals with new physical properties not described by
the standard models of solid state physics.), and Quantum Sensors etc. Under High Energy Physics
research group Cambridge University have research collaboration with ATLAS experiment of CERN, LHCb
for CP violation and b-quark physics, Neutrino Physics experiment with Fermilab. Cambridge is also
pioneering to development for future collider experiments. Cavendish Theory Group has collaboration
with DAMTP that have extensive research facility in theoretical physics branched as Quantum Field
Theory, Quantum Gravity and String Theory, Particle Phenomenology and Soliton Physics. There have
been sixteen Nobel Laureate physicists in history of Cambridge from earlier of Nobel ceremony includes
Lord Rayleigh, J. J. Thomson. Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking both were also from Cambridge
University. If someone wants to study Physics with flavor of history and culture of scientific
development- person is always welcome to University of Cambridge.
Cambridge Physics Research- https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/research/research-groups
Again this is another Technology based Institute. Under the division of Physics, Mathematics and
Astrophysics, Caltech has one of the world’s best research facilities. Rather than other research facility
Caltech is one of the pioneers to Cosmology and Gravitational Wave Astronomy. It has collaboration to
BICEP and Keck Array and also Planck observatory on measuring Cosmic Microwave Background
radiation and primordial gravitational wave signals from birth of the universe placed at South Pole.
Caltech Mathematical Physics research consist some very new research activity like non-commutative
geometry evolves to describe quantum mechanical nature of our microscopic state of space-time.
Theoretical elementary particle physics group of Caltech deals with study of Quantum Chromodynamics
(QCD), Dark Energy and Dark Matter Physics using mathematical techniques of quantum field theory.
Caltech was home to world famous theoretical physicist Richard Feynman who is familiar for discovering
of Path Integral formalism of quantum mechanics. Physicist Hugh David Politzer won Nobel Prize on
physics in 2004 for his discovery of asymptotic freedom in QCD, who is a current faculty member of
Caltech. If someone feels to work on mainstream fundamental physics, in many aspect that person can
put Caltech in prior of list.
Caltech Physics Research-http://pma.caltech.edu/research-and-academics/physics/physics-research
Caltech Math Research-http://pma.caltech.edu/research-and-academics/mathematics/math-research
BICEP and Keck Array- http://bicepkeck.org/
Planck and CMB-
University of Oxford
Department of Physics at Oxford University has a comprehensive research facility. Built in 1096 Oxford
University is the oldest university of England. In its diverse research sectors Oxford has facility of
Condensed Matter Physics, Astrophysics, Atomic and Laser Physics, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary
Physics, and especially Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. With the intellectual vain Oxford
offers some newly born research facility like Cosmological Gravity and C-Band All Sky Survey. Oxford has
collaboration with Mission Euclid, an M-class Mission of European Space Agency. It is also working as a
partner with Planck mission on Dark Matter & Dark Energy using cosmic microwave background dataset.
With an outstanding research facility on observational astronomy Oxford offers a very good
environment for people of intellectual domain. In Climate and Ocean Physics group there are distinctive
uses of modern machine learning like application of deep learning to Ocean Data Inference. So, in many
ways Oxford will offer you to enjoying world class research facilities and also to be a future leader of
scientific community. Like Cambridge University, students from Oxford University are also experience
cultural and historical understanding of England through locality of Oxfordshire.
In conclusion one thing left to say: to catch one’s dream, keep being focused with a forward
directed steady movement- is the best way. Remember, enjoyment is hidden in the process. All for today. Have a nice time.