The Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona was created in 1974 to managed the courses in physics that had previously been taught by the Faculty of Sciences. It shares a building on Avinguda Diagonal with the Faculty of Chemistry, in the core university area of the city that focuses much of Barcelona's scientific teaching and dissemination infrastructure. Every year the Faculty is home to some 1,700 students across its range of courses. The most popular course is the bachelor's degree in Physics, which address the fundamental aspects of this key discipline in scientific and technological progress. To quote the motto of the World Year of Physics 2005, "Physics is at the base of everything". the Faculty also offers the bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunication and a double degree option in Physics and Mathematics, organized in conjunction with the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. Students can choose from nine university master's degrees across the different areas of physics and have access to four doctoral programmes. The Faculty also organizes a wide range of talks, open days and courses for primary and secondary school students.
Our four departments cover each of the main areas of study: Electronic Engineering and Biomedics, Quantum Physics and Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Applied Physics. It also operates the interdisciplinary research institutes ICCUB and N2UB. The Faculty's teaching staff are repsonsible for the different degree programmes and also contribute to the teaching of other official courses of study at the University of Barcelona and other universities. Almost all of our lecturers devote a significant part of their time to basic or applied research and contribute to regional, national and international research projects. The volume and quality of the Faculty's research output is one of its defining features and has garnered numerous personal and collective awards and distinctions. Physics is the leading UB faculty for scientific production (articles, patents, etc.) and research funding (project subsidies, etc.), making it one of the foremost centres of quality scientific research in Barcelona.