Information for Future Students

Welcome to the School of Physics Prospective Student Information page. Physics at the University of Sydney offers you the opportunity to study the exciting fundamental concepts on which all sciences rely - and make contributions to world-class cutting-edge research.

The School of Physics is one of Australia's most prestigious academic departments, providing access to research and teaching for students at the undergraduate, MSc, and PhD levels. This page provides an overview of educational programs offered in the School. Use the menus at the left for more information.

Qualified Teaching Staff

Close to two thirds of our full-time teaching staff hold the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education). The Graduate Certificate is one of The University of Sydney’s main teaching and learning professional development strategies and the School supports all new teaching staff in developing their expertise to better understand and enhance the learning of their students.

Studying in the School of Physics

Students in a Research Lab

Physics has been taught at the University of Sydney for over 140 years, the longest of any University in Australia. Today, Sydney provides world-class educational opportunities through its Postgraduate (PhD/MSc) and Undergraduate degree offerings. Students at all levels have the opportunity to learn from internationally recognised experts, contribute to original ground-breaking research, and become part of the community of scientists and scholars within the School of Physics.

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Physics offers comprehensive undergraduate programs providing coverage of fundamental concepts and key ideas in modern physics. Degree programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you to study with an emphasis on topics that suit your needs. Where appropriate degrees may combine physics with nanoscience, biology, geology, engineering and even overseas exchange or industrial experience. Courses are conducted using traditional lecture formats and include interactive workshop tutorials and lecture demonstrations. All degrees include an experimental physics program coordinated across the undergraduate years with relevance to modern physics techniques and applications.

Undergraduate programs may be augmented by participation in the Talented Student Program, which offers challenging programs permitting access to research experiences early in the undergraduate program;

Students completing the 3-year Bachelor’s degree may enrol in the Honours program program, a year-long combined research-experience and coursework program meeting the highest international standards. Participation prepares you to proceed to higher degrees or to enter the workforce when you complete your undergraduate studies.

The School of Physics has a vibrant undergraduate student culture, led by Physoc, our undergraduate Physics Students’ Society);.

Postgraduate Programs

Postgraduate degree programs are at the heart of a modern education in Physics, and postgraduate students are core members of the School’s community.

Research Degrees: The PhD is the benchmark degree for education in Physics and is internationally recognised as the standard qualification for practicing scientists. This program combines coursework with in-depth research experiences, allowing the student to learn from leading researchers within the School and interact with an international community of physicists. Candidates for the PhD work in a research laboratory alongside faculty members within the School and make original contributions to scientific knowledge through long-term research projects. Research degrees terminating in the MSc are also available, involving a research project of a more restricted scope.

Coursework Degrees: Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Physics may apply for a coursework-only degree in Medical Physics. Completion of the Master of Medical Physics degree will satisfy one of the requisites for the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) training, education and accreditation program.