The Department of Physics is a large multidisciplinary unit that offers Finland’s most diverse teaching programme in physical sciences. The Department’s field of teaching – physical sciences – comprises physics, theoretical physics and astronomy. Swedish- and English-language instruction is a natural part of our activities, and subject teacher education in physics is included in the Department’s teaching programme.
Physics and astronomy are among the oldest disciplines at the University of Helsinki. They have been part of the University since its establishment in 1640. The physics research facilities have been enlarged several times over the years, and they have been located in different parts of the city. The Department of Physics began to gradually relocate to Kumpula Campus from the 1980s onward.