The School of Physics at UNSW is well positioned to play its role as a leading centre of research excellence. In 2006 the School received nearly six million dollars in external research funding, published over 200 refereed papers and made 90 conferences presentations. These are just some of the indicators of the School’s reputation in research.

The School consists of five research departments: astrophysics and optics; biophysics; condensed matter physics; environmental and applied physics; and theoretical physics. The school also hosts the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology which has been designated an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence. Follow the links for further information about the research and the staff of each of these departments.

The School’s Department of Astrophysics has been ranked in the top 1% of space science groups world-wide by the international ranking agency ISI. The School currently has two Federation Fellows, three ARC Professorial Fellows, and five Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, recognised for careers that have significantly advanced the world's store of knowledge.