ATAR cut-off
72.35 (Median ATAR)
73.20 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 10323
CRICOS code: 001609C

Physics Major

Why study physics at the University of Newcastle?

The study of physics is one of the oldest natural sciences dedicated to understanding how the universe works.

Physics explains the fundamental mechanisms of the other sciences, underpins the technologies that are the focus of engineering and opens up new areas of research.

Our Physics major in the Bachelor of Science will develop the basic skills needed to contribute to scientific development in many areas of technology and industry. You'll learn from world-leading academics who are at the forefront of knowledge generation, scientific experimentation and development.

Throughout your degree you'll study courses in classical and modern physics including quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, optics, nuclear physics, atomic physics and special relativity.

You can also choose other mathematics and science courses that interest you or undertake a double major which could further your career options.

Our Physics facilities at UON have undergone a series of refurbishments over the past five years to include new research equipment, laboratories and building infrastructure which are accessible to students undertaking research projects as part of their degree or a Summer Scholarship scheme.

Graduates are able to find employment across a broad range of areas due to the versatile skills you will learn while studying a physics major. Some of the careers available in physics include:

  • nanotechnologist
  • astrophysicist
  • space scientist
  • defence scientist
  • optical physicist
  • risk analyst
  • software engineer

There is an opportunity to take an additional Honours year after completing your degree with Master and PhD programs also available. Currently some of the research being carried out through the University's Centre for Organic Electronics includes developing new low-cost sustainable sources of energy and developing saliva-based glucose monitors that can be printed with the potential to help millions of diabetics around the world.

Suitable for science students with:

  • An interest in understanding how our world and universe operates.
  • Goals to pursue research in areas such as optical fibres, nanoscience and atomic and nuclear physics.
  • A commitment to studying matter, space and time, and to designing experiments to learn more about the relationship between these key scientific components.

What do you learn in a physics major?

By studying a major in Physics you will develop an understanding of matter, energy, space and time. Students learn about the components that hold our universe together, as well as core scientific theories related to the study of Physics:

  • Advanced Physics: Courses in advanced physics will provide students with the foundational knowledge that is necessary for specialised study in second and third year. You will learn about mechanics, kinematics, waves, electricity, particle physics and more.
  • Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor Physics: Studying this area of physics will develop your understanding of electronic device and circuit design.
  • Optics: Students who study courses in optics will learn about waves of light, how light is produced and how the human eye detects it. Foundation courses will develop your understanding of optical physics for further study in optical fibres and laser technology.
  • Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity: As part of your Physics major, you will have the option to study special relativity, postulating the movement of mass at high speeds.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Science and associated degree programs allow you to study a major in Physics:

The physics major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Newcastle campus.