Physics is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from the very smallest scales of sub-atomic particles to the very largest in cosmology. It applies these laws to the solution of practical problems and to the development of new technologies.

Physicists engage a broad range of skills to undertake this work, and Physics is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, as physicists work with mathematicians, engineers, chemists and biologists in order to understand and solve a wide range of problems confronting society.

The study of Physics also helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. There are diverse areas of application of the laws of physics to areas such as astrophysics, biology, quantum computing, solid state physics and theoretical physics.

Studying Physics at UNSW

Undergraduate students can study in Physics in several programs offered by the Faculty of Science. Please refer to the below table for a complete list of available programs. Physics is also offered at a postgraduate level, with PhD (Research); Masters in Science (Research); Master of Philosophy (Research) degree programs available, as well as Graduate Diplomas.

Physics can be studied as 

Specialisation Stream Type Stream
Advanced Physics Major PHYSC13593
Physics Minor

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