Physics is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from the very smallest scales of sub-atomic particles to the very largest in cosmology. It applies these laws to the solution of practical problems and to the development of new technologies. Physicists engage a broad range of skills to undertake this work. A physicist might be a theorist puzzling over fundamental laws, a numerical modeller developing sophisticated computer algorithms to calculate how systems behave, an experimentalist developing new techniques to measure properties of nature or an engineer combining those theories and techniques into new technologies. Physics is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, as physicists work with mathematicians, engineers, chemists and biologists in order to understand and solve a wide range of problems confronting society.

Physics is a challenging and rewarding subject. Its study instructs a person in the art of critical thinking, how to pose questions and how to solve problems. Physics is at the heart of almost every facet of modern life.

Graduates with a physics degree go into a wide range of careers including scientific research, education, and the computing and financial sectors. A knowledge of physics, and the scientific methods learnt while studying a physics degree will prove valuable in any future career.

Studying physics at UNSW is an opportunity to study with world-class researchers, many of whom have also won awards for their innovative teaching. Undergraduate students can take advantage of the flexibility of the science degrees to combine studying physics with other science courses, or even courses from other faculties.