Physics deals with the fundamental phenomena of nature: space, time, matter and energy. It underpins all science and technology. Through studying physics, you can develop an understanding of everything from the nucleus of an atom to the structure and origin of the universe. If you are curious about the world around you then consider studying physics at the University of Sydney.

The skills acquired through a physics specialisation, such as problem-solving, information handling, quantitative analysis and the use of computers as a problem solving tool, are in demand for jobs in research, medicine, communications, manufacturing, environmental science, teaching, finance, journalism, public service and management, to name but a few.

The honours year

Completing honours in physics will provide you with the invaluable experience of undertaking a research project supervised by one or more members of staff, and producing a thesis or report. If you are interested in a research career in physics, an honours degree is realistically the minimum requirement, although a pass degree will prepare you for many careers in physics and related areas. It is also necessary to have an honours degree before proceeding to postgraduate research.

The School of Physics offers a lively academic environment, with 28 academic staff, six Federation Fellows, and more than 100 postgraduate research students.

During the honours year you will be provided with office accommodation and access to the School's extensive computer facilities plus sophisticated software and (where relevant) laboratory and astronomical equipment.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in physics, students will complete coursework (50%) and a research project (50%). The mark for the research project is obtained by combining the mark given by your research group (weighting 60% for the project overall and 10% for a talk on the project) and a mark based on the report only (weighting 30%) assessed by examiners from other research areas in the School of Physics.

At the start of the project you and your supervisor will write a one-page research plan. You will complete a report and literature review on the research project. You will also undertake a 20-30 minute presentation for your research group on the project.

Honours projects

You will normally complete your project as part of a larger academic project already under way in the School of Physics but you are welcome to explore other possibilities in your field of interest with potential supervisors.

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Related subject areas

Computational science
Geology and Geophysics

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