Physics Single Major
Part of the Bachelors of Science/Laws (Honours) program
Commencing semesters, 2017
School of Mathematics and Physics
Why study Physics?
Physics is one of the fundamental sciences and involves solving the big questions that have always intrigued humankind: where did we come from and where are we headed?
Physics embraces the study of the most basic natural laws and is about explaining how and why things work on scales ranging from the sub-nuclear to the entire cosmos. Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behaviour of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy. Some physicists use these principles in theoretical or experimental studies on topics such as the nature of time and the origin of the Universe; others apply their physics knowledge to practical areas, developing advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and equipment for a wide range of fields such as medicine, mining, astronomy and geophysics.
Physics is also at the heart of new interdisciplinary areas such as information technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics. In newly developing areas in the biosciences, an understanding of basic physical principles is one of the keys to advancing knowledge.
More information about the Physics Major.
What you can study
Courses in physics include: astronomy, biophysics, electromagnetism, laser physics, mathematical physics, mechanics, optics, quantum physics, and thermodynamics.
Physics is also available as an extended major.
View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Physics single major.
Physics graduates develop robust, high-level analytical and problem-solving skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers including those in education, finance, engineering, computing and management.
Physicists engage in a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers across many industries in both the public and private sectors. Many physicists are employed by governments in research and management positions; by universities in the areas of teaching, research and technical positions; as education and science communicators; in health and medical sectors; and in nuclear physics. Other physicists take a higher degree and work in research and development, undertaking fundamental research to increase scientific knowledge, or applied research to develop new devices, products or processes.
What it costs
Please view the Bachelors of Science/Laws (Honours) for indicative fees.
How to apply
Please view the Bachelors of Science/Laws (Honours) for information on key dates and how to apply.