Welcome to Harvard's Department of Physics!
Talented and hardworking graduate students, key members of our departmental community, work in state-of-the-art facilities with renowned faculty and energetic postdocs.
Graduate education in physics at Harvard offers students exciting opportunities which extend over a diverse range of subjects and departments. The primary areas of experimental and theoretical research are particle physics, atomic and molecular physics, the physics of solids and fluids, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, quantum optics, quantum field theory, string theory, and relativity.
The Physics Department has more than 50 faculty members (including emeriti), over 100 postdocs, and about 220 graduate students. The Department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and attracting the widest possible range of talents.
The on-campus buildings of the Department of Physics include Jefferson Laboratory, the oldest physics laboratory in the country, parts of which have been redesigned and renovated specifically to facilitate study and collaboration among our graduate students.
Interdisciplinary research is encouraged and simultaneous applications to two departments is permissible. Prospective students may thus wish to apply to the following departments and programs: