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Schools & Departments

Department of Physics


The discipline of physics at Beijing Normal University can be traced back to 1904, when the physics course was opened at the Normal College of the Imperial University of Peking. The department of Mathematics and Physics was established in 1911 and the Department of Physics was formally established in 1923. In 1952, with the reorientation of higher educational institutions, the former Department of Physics at Fu Jen Catholic University was merged into the Department of Physics at Beijing Normal University.



At present, the Department of Physics at BNU has the right to grant first-level doctorates in physics, and has a post-doctoral research station in physics. The department has four second-level doctorate disciplines, namely Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Optics, Particle Physics and Atomic Nuclear Physics, as well as a second-level doctorate discipline in Physics Education. Physics at BNU has entered the top 1% of ESI world rankings.




The Department of Physics currently has 90 teachers, 39 of whom are professors. In recent years, the department has undertaken more than 20 major and key projects of the National Research Foundation of China and other national-level important projects such as "973", "863" and "Outstanding Youth Fund". Over the past five years, the department has won 4 national and provincial-level research awards and published more than 150 SCI papers in internationally renowned journals of physics on an annual basis.




The Department of Physics attaches great importance to the international training of undergraduates and has signed 2+2 double degree programs with the University of Manchester in the UK and the University of Calgary in Canada.  In addition, undergraduate students are sent to European and American universities to participate in international summer exchange programs every year, including the College of William and Mary and Tufts University in the United States, the University of Waterloo in Canada, and the University of Udine in Italy, among others.