The Study of Physics began at Sydney University in 1852. A detailed history can be found here.
The School is currently made up of about 20 staff on 'continuing' appointments involved in teaching and research, 100 fixed-term research-only staff, 140 postgraduate research students, and some 30 administrative and technical staff.
Physics is taught by the School to around 1600 students at all levels. Almost 1000 of these take Junior (1st) year Physics courses of various types each semester. About 140 of these students progress to Intermediate (2nd) year, and a further 60 take Physics as a "major" in their Senior (3rd) year. The number of students in the Honours (4th) year has increased to more than 30 in recent years. The School is also home to a small but increasing increasing number of postgraduate coursework students, complementing the traditional strength in postgraduate research students, who now number around 140.
Full details of Undergraduate courses and Postgraduate studies are available elsewhere on this site.
Most of the staff within the School are members of one (or more) of the research groups:
- Applied and Plasma Physics
- Astronomy & Astrophysics Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA)
- Brain Dynamics
- Centre for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)
- Complex Systems
- Condensed Matter Theory
- Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)
- Fusion Plasmas
- Institute of Medical Physics (IMP)
- Institute of Photonics and Optical Sciences (IPOS)
- Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA)
- Particle Physics
- Plasma Physics
- Quantum Science
- Space and Solar Physics
- Sydney University Physics Education Research (SUPER)
- Theoretical Physics
See Research Activities for further information.
The Mechanical Workshop in the Physics building forms part of Workshop Services. For further information see University Workshop Services.
News about recent events in the School of Physics, current research, people and more can be found in the Physics Alumni News published twice a year, in the School of Physics Annual Report, or the Physics Foundation Annual Report published annually. Also look at Latest News & Events where more frequent updates about developments in Physics, especially research, are highlighted.
School Strategic Plan
Download the School Strategic Plan (2013-2015)
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