Imperial College London

Dr. Vijay Tymms

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Principal Teaching Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 5238v.tymms




Blackett 312Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





My research interests can be divided into three categories:

In geophysics I am interested in the nature of plate tectonics with recent work focussing on the extent of plate tectonics throughout the Solar System and beyond, on exoplanets. I run third and fourth year undergraduate research projects dedicated to understanding this exciting and rapidly developing area of geophysics.

I do work in groundwork theoretical physics mainly concentrating on mechanics and relativity, often with a view to as to how to best communicate key concepts in the field to physics undergraduates.

I physics education research I am primarily interested in threshold concepts and barriers to understanding in physics, particularly at undergraduate degree level.