UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

Bachelor of Science
Physics may be studied within the Physical Science major in the 3-year Bachelor of Science. This degree is extremely flexible. For instance, you may decide to combine your physics studies with courses from another science discipline such as Mathematics or Biology, or you may include courses from other Faculties of the university such as Arts or Commerce. Students may choose to complete a double major (for example in Physical Science and Mathematics; or Physical Science and Chemistry. Be aware that not all double majors can be completed within the minimum three years of full-time study.) Students who perform well in the Physical Science major in the BSc may choose to complete a research-oriented honours year in Physics, which requires an extra fourth year of study.

Bachelor of Science (International)
The Bachelor of Science (International) degree is designed to prepare students for an increasingly globalised work environment. Students combine a Science major, coupled with a series of directed electives, language studies, and a year spent studying overseas on exchange. Students interested in Physics would complete a major in Physical Science as part of their Bachelor of Science (International) degree.

Bachelor of Advanced Science
The Bachelor of Advanced Science is a program designed especially for more able students. Some of the features of this degree are the opportunity to concentrate on a single area of science, and there are some courses which are only available to Advanced Science students. A fourth, honours year is automatically included in this degree. Students may complete a major in Physics within the Bachelor of Advanced Science. Students can choose electives in areas such as Astrophysics, Mathematics or Computer Science in order to tailor their degree to their interests and career aspirations. They may also choose to complete a double major (for example, in Physics and Chemistry. Note that Mathematics and Physics is not available as a double major within the Advanced Science degree. Be aware that not all double majors can be completed within the minimum time.)

Combined Degrees
Physics or Physical Science majors can be taken at UNSW as a major component of several concurrent degrees. These programs enable students to match a Science degree with another field of study, opening up an even broader spectrum of career opportunities. Studying concurrent degrees allows students to graduate with two degrees in less time than if the degrees were completed one after the other. Students who perform well in a physics or physical science major have the option of completing an extra Honours year in Physics. The following degree combinations are available:
Commerce/Science
4 years full time
Science/Law
5 years full time
Science/Arts
4 years full time
Science/Music
4 years full time
Science/Education
4 years full time
Science/Engineering
5 years full time
(a wide variety of engineering specialities are available.)

Assumed Knowledge
Although there are no formal prerequisites for entry into undergraduate physics at UNSW, it is assumed that students will have completed the equivalent of HSC Mathematics (Extension 1) and HSC Physics. Students without these are advised to enrol into the UNSW Physics and Mathematics Bridging courses, held every February.

Further information about studying at UNSW can be found by following the links on this webpage, or by contacting the Physics Friend.

MyUNSW
Faculty of Science
Online handbook
University Admissions Centre