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Physics and Physical Sciences degrees


Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature, and is widely applied in modern science and engineering. Physics is also the basis of research advances from subatomic to cosmic scales, and underpins the development of new technologies such as quantum computing.  Physics combined with mathematics is fundamental to science, technology and engineering.

UniSQ's physics courses and degrees enable students to survey classical and modern physics, develop professional knowledge and skills in optics, photonics, modern physics and quantum mechanics, apply physics in different areas including astronomical and space sciences, obtain research project experience, and graduate with widely useful scientific, numerical and critical analysis skills.


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What are physical sciences?

Physical sciences refer to a branch of scientific disciplines that primarily study the non-living aspects of the natural world. These disciplines explore the fundamental principles, laws, and phenomena that govern matter, energy, and their interactions. Physical sciences encompass a broad range of fields, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and materials science, among others.

Physics, as a core physical science, is the study of the fundamental properties of matter and energy, and the forces that govern their behaviour. It explores topics such as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.

Is physics the same as physical science?

Physics is not the same as physical science, and are actually distinct fields of science study.

When you study physics you will generally focuses on the fundamental principles and theories of physics, including areas such as mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics. On the other hand, a degree in physical sciences is a broader field that encompasses multiple scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy. Physical sciences degrees provide a more interdisciplinary approach, covering a wider range of topics and allowing students to explore various scientific disciplines.

While both fields share a foundation in scientific inquiry, physics programs specialise in the principles that govern the physical world, whereas physical sciences programs offer a wider scope, exploring the interactions and relationships between various scientific disciplines. Each field offers unique opportunities for you to explore and contribute to the ever-expanding realm of scientific knowledge. 

What skills are important for success in physics and physical sciences careers?
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities: Physics and physical sciences require the ability to analyse complex problems, break them down into smaller components, and think critically to develop innovative solutions.
  • Proficiency in mathematical and quantitative reasoning: A solid foundation in mathematics is essential for understanding and applying the mathematical models and equations that underpin theories and experiments in physics and physical sciences.
  • Proficiency in scientific research methods and experimentation: Understanding and applying proper scientific research methods, experimental design, and laboratory techniques are key skills for conducting rigorous and reliable scientific investigations.
  • Adaptability and openness to learning new concepts and technologies: Physics and physical sciences are ever-evolving fields with continuous advancements. Being open to learning new concepts, techniques, and technologies is crucial for staying updated and adapting to new challenges and discoveries in these disciplines. 
What are the career opportunities for graduates with physics and physical sciences degrees?

A physical science or physics degree from UniSQ can lead to a range of career options, including:

  • Research scientist
  • Physicist
  • Engineer
  • Data analyst
  • Science writer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Energy analyst. 
Are flexible study options available?

UniSQ understands the need for flexibility to balance your education with other commitments. We provide a range of study options, including on-campus, external, and online, as well as part-time or full-time options depending on the degree you choose.

Whatever you choose whether that be an online physics course or a part-time physical science degree, you can be confident that you’ll experience the same level of support and opportunity to connect with others.  

Can I specialise in a specific area within physics or physical sciences?

Yes, you can choose which major or specialisation you’d like to focus on. At UniSQ you can choose to study:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy.

Broaden your education and employment opportunities further by developing an interdisciplinary field of knowledge with a double degree.  

Why study physics and physical sciences at UniSQ?

Physics and physical sciences involve the study of the fundamental laws governing nature and the practical application of scientific principles in understanding the physical world. Pursuing a sciences degree in physics and physical sciences at UniSQ offers comprehensive study in classical and modern physics, providing a solid foundation in the field.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of scientific advancements, ranging from subatomic particles to celestial phenomena. Our degrees incorporate technologies, such as quantum computing and advanced optics, allowing you to explore emerging fields and stay at the forefront of technological advancements. 

A physical sciences and physics degree at UniSQ opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities and enables students to contribute to scientific advancements and technological innovations.

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