Skip to content

Bachelor of Science (Physics)

Bachelor of Science (Physics) (BSCI)
CRICOS: 042230E

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov
Note: This major is only offered via External study but require students to come to the UniSQ Toowoomba campus for residential school courses. Due to the highly recommended on-campus residential school classes, this major is unsuitable for international students studying overseas.


  • Are you curious about how the world operates and behaviours of the universe? Physics reveals the natural laws at work around you and across the cosmos and teaches us the fundamental principles underpinning modern science. 
  • Graduate ready to work at the forefront of science and technology with broad and transferrable numerical, critical analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • You will explore optics, photonics, modern physics, and quantum mechanics, and learn to use the tools (including mathematics), methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations. 
  • Study Physics with UniSQ and have access to data collected from our Mt Kent Observatory, near Toowoomba, solar UV monitoring equipment at the UniSQ Toowoomba campus, and a remotely accessible High-Performance Computing to support your research training. 
  • Create your unique degree and learning journey by combining your Physics major with a second major (such as Mathematics & Statistics, Environment & Sustainability, IT, Astronomical and Space Sciences or Geospatial Science perhaps) or elective courses to suite your career goals.
  • You can study our physics courses online or on-campus, full-time or part-time, allowing you great flexibility to fit in your learning with work and family commitments. 

Further study

After completing the Bachelor of Science, further study pathways could include the Bachelor of Science (Honours) or the Master of Science.

Career outcomes

As a graduate, you may find career opportunities as a: 

  • scientist working for industry or government, 
  • technician working in a laboratory or in the field, 
  • teacher (in combination with appropriate education studies), 
  • meteorologist (subject to appropriate government training), 
  • researcher or academic (subject to appropriate postgraduate qualifications), or 
  • self-employment providing scientific and/or technical services.

Apply your knowledge in a range of industries, such as computing and IT, health care and biomedical science, automotive and aerospace industries, defence, education, materials, transport, energy, space exploration, engineering, and the public sector.


Entry requirements


  • Subject pre-requisite: Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent.

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

It is also recommended that you have previously studied a science subject, such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics or equivalent.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Physics major courses 8
A second 8-unit major + 4 electives
or 2 x 4-unit minors + 4 electives
or 1 x 4-unit minor + 8 electives
or 12 electives
Total 24

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Double degrees

You may like to study the (insert degree) as part of a double degree to give you the flexibility tailor your degree to your ambition.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 34800

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 34800

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2023. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

CRICOS: 042230E

The University accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2023 starts on Monday 20 February, 2023.
  • Semester 2, 2023 starts on Monday 10 July, 2023.
  • Semester 3, 2023 starts on Monday 13 November, 2023.

Got questions?


Begin your study journey today with the university rated five out of five stars for graduates starting salaries* and start the degree that’s right for you.

*Good Universities Guide, 2023

Find out more