Theoretical Physics

World leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations and gravity

Welcome to the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial College! The Group was founded in 1956 by Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and we have written a brief history of the Group. We carry out world-leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations, and gravity. We have a dynamic PhD programme and we offer a one year MSc Course which provides a focussed training to begin research at a PhD level.  


Academic year 2020-21: The QFFF MSc course will begin on schedule as campuses reopen in the Autumn. We are working on a "multi-mode" teaching structure that will retain the format of the course and the connections between students and staff while being flexible enough to combine in-person and online teaching.


Major Grant Awards and Prizes


Friends of Imperial Theoretical Physics


Postdoctoral Vacancies and Fellowships

We welcome applications for a postdoctoral position in string theory starting in October 2021. Deadline for applications is 17 December 2020.

We also support fellowship applications, including those from STFC and the Royal Society. Note the group and department have internal deadlines for applications which are well before the official deadlines:

  • internal deadline for STFC Ernest Rutherford and Royal Society URF fellowships is July 2021
  • internal deadline for Imperial College Research Fellowships is August 2021

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Edward TaskerEdward Tasker 1992-2020

It is with great sadness that we note the death of our much-loved colleague, student and friend Edward Tasker. He will be very greatly missed and our thoughts are with his loved ones and family.