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.  


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Major Grant Awards and Prizes

  • Dr Claudia de Rham is joint recipient of the 2018 Adams Prize
  • Dr Claudia de Rham has been honoured in the inaugural UK Blavatnik Awards for outstanding young scientists.
  • Prof. Mike Duff has been awarded the 2017 Paul Dirac Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics
  • Advanced ERC Grant, "Gauge theory - string theory duality: maximally supersymmetric case and beyond", Tseytlin
  • Advanced ERC Grant, "Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled quantum matter", Gauntlett
  • Consolidator ERC Grant, "Massive Gravity and Cosmology”, de Rham
  • EPSRC Programme Grant, "New Geometric structures from string theory", Hull et al
  • STFC Consolidated Grant, "M-theory, cosmology and quantum field theory", Waldram et al

Postdoctoral Vacancies and Fellowships

We invite applications for postdoctoral positions starting in October 2020. The deadline for applications is 13 December 2019.

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

  • internal deadline for UKRI Future Leaders fellowships will be March 2020
  • internal deadline for STFC Ernest Rutherford and Royal Society URF fellowships will be July 2020
  • internal deadline for Imperial College Research Fellowships is will be August 2020

Postgraduate Study


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