Top Physics Programs - US & UK

MIT graduate physics program is tied for first with Stanford, according to the US News Graduate Schools rankings. Four institutions are ranked equal third in the subject: Caltech, Harvard, Princeton and UC Berkeley. The Physics Department at Stanford University is one of the best in the world, with five Nobel Laureates and fifteen members of the National Academy of Science.

Ranking of Top US Graduate Physics Programs (Top 25 list):

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1. Stanford University
3. California Institute of Technology
3. Harvard University
3. Princeton University
3. University of California–Berkeley
7. Cornell University
8. University of Chicago
8. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
10. University of California–Santa Barbara
11. Columbia University
11. Yale University
13. University of Maryland–College Park
13. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
13. University of Pennsylvania
16. University of California–Los Angeles
16. University of California–San Diego
16. University of Texas–Austin
16. University of Wisconsin–Madison
20. Johns Hopkins Univ (Rowland)
20. Univ of Colorado–Boulder
20. Univ of Washington
23. Pennsylvania State Univ–University Park
23. SUNY–Stony Brook
23. Univ of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Source: US News & World Report 2009

In the UK, Oxford is the best ranked school for Physics, followed by Birmingham (2nd) and UCL (3rd), according to the Guardian Subject League Table 2010.

Lancaster Physics Department is in the Top 20 nationally and it also achieved outstanding performance in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, ranked No. 1 among the 42 UK physics departments. In the previous RAE (2001), it achieved the highest rating of 5*A.

The University of Birmingham is ranked highly for Physics - No.2 in Guardian and in top five for the quality of its 4* research activity in the RAE 2008.

Heriot-Watt Physics Department is listed as 'top UK Physics department for Graduate Prospects' in Times Good University Guide. It is also rated as 'Top Scottish Department' and 5th in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide for Undergraduate Teaching 2009. Its Physics Department research is ranked equal 15th in the UK, alongside Oxford and Southampton, in the RAE 2008.

Ranking of Top institutions for Physics program in the UK (Top 20 list):
1 Oxford
2 Birmingham
3 UCL
4 Imperial College
5 Leeds
6 Warwick
7 Manchester
8 Dundee
9 St Andrews
10 Sheffield
11 Heriot-Watt
12 Royal Holloway
13 Sussex
14 Southampton
15 Queen Mary
16 Hertfordshire
17 Glasgow
18 Durham
19 Lancaster
20 Edinburgh

Source: Guardian 2010

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