Undergraduate

Physics

Physics examines the world around us at the most fundamental level, from the origin and fate of the universe to the behaviour of matter on subatomic length scales – and everything in between.
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Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

The Physics major opens doors to many career choices. As a Physics graduate, your strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities will be in demand from employers in industry, government and the business and finance sectors. Your discipline-specific skills are particularly valued in teaching, research and high-tech industries. Graduates with a strong mathematics and physics background have opportunities in the resources sector modelling big data sets. Further studies will lead to careers in research or academia. The Square Kilometre Array http://www.icrar.org/our-research/ska project will provide a variety of job opportunities for Physics graduates in the astronomy and astrophysics stream.
The Physics major opens doors to many career choices. As a Physics graduate, your strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities will be in demand from employers in industry, government and the business and finance sectors. Your discipline-specific skills are particularly valued in teaching, research and high-tech industries. Graduates with a strong mathematics and physics background have opportunities in the resources sector modelling big data sets. Further studies will lead to careers in research or academia. The Square Kilometre Array http://www.icrar.org/our-research/ska project will provide a variety of job opportunities for Physics graduates in the astronomy and astrophysics stream.

Further Study

Students with a Physics major can pursue further studies in honours (http://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/courses/honours), including the specialisation Geophysics (www.see.uwa.edu.au/courses/honours/geophysics) or at postgraduate level. Further study options include the Master of Physics – Astronomy and Astrophysics, Computational Physics, Experimental Physics, Medical Physics and Theoretical Physics
Students with a Physics major can pursue further studies in honours (http://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/courses/honours), including the specialisation Geophysics (www.see.uwa.edu.au/courses/honours/geophysics) or at postgraduate level. Further study options include the Master of Physics – Astronomy and Astrophysics, Computational Physics, Experimental Physics, Medical Physics and Theoretical Physics

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2019
$8,786.00
Typical Fee Range - 2019
$6,566.00 - $10,958.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2018
$113,400.00
Total Course Fee - 2019
$113,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Specialist ATAR, Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This major gives you access to the frontiers of modern physics via a focus on mathematical skills.
These skills are required to access modern physics, including the key pillars of relativity and quantum physics, with applications to atomic, nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics, photonics and astrophysics.

About The Course

The knowledge generated through the study of physics is the driving force behind most new technologies, from radars to lasers, transistors to quantum computers and electron microscopes to advanced medical imaging scanners.
Physics

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours' teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PHYSC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc [Hons]), 4 years (BPhil[Hons])
Physics
Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours' teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PHYSC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc [Hons]), 4 years (BPhil[Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWSCI
  • UWBPH
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences

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Course Accreditation

The Physics major is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics.

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.