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 extending over a diverse range of subjects and departments. The primary areas of experimental and theoretical research are high-energy particle physics, atomic and molecular physics, the physics of solids and fluids, astrophysics, aspects of nuclear physics, statistical mechanics, quantum optics, mathematical physics, quantum field theory, string theory, and relativity.
The Physics Department has more than 50 faculty members (including emeriti), over 100 postdocs, and about 200 graduate students. The Department is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and attracting the widest possible range of talents, and more than a third of current graduate students are women.
The on-campus buildings of the Department of Physics include Jefferson Laboratory, the oldest physics laboratory in the country. Jefferson now includes a wing designed and renovated specifically to facilitate study and collaboration among our graduate students.
Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Faculty outside the Department of Physics frequently serve on thesis committees. Simultaneous applications to two departments is permissible. Prospective students may thus wish to apply to the:
The Department of Physics and the SEAS share resources, seminars, and courses, which is an attractive option for students interested in applied physics and applied math.