Harvard was rated top for its physics doctoral program. Graduate education in physics at Harvard offers students exciting opportunities extending over a diverse range of subjects and departments. The primary areas of experimental and theoretical research are high-energy particle physics, atomic and molecular physics, the physics of solids and fluids, astrophysics, aspects of nuclear physics, statistical mechanics, quantum optics, mathematical physics, quantum field theory, string theory, and relativity (http://www.physics.harvard.edu).

Graduate education in physics at Princeton is based on the premise that the Ph.D. is a research degree. The program has two main goals: the development of a broad background in basic physics, and, through the completion of a thesis, the expansion of research abilities in a more specialized area (http://www.princeton.edu/physics/).

Ranking of Best Physics Doctoral Programs (US):

1. Harvard Univ

2. Princeton univ

3. UC Berkeley

3. MIT

5. Caltech

6. Cornell

7. Chicago

8. U of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

9. Stanford Univ

10. UCSB

Source: National Council Research Report 1995

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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