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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Study physics and you'll not only become a good scientist, you'll also have a degree in how to solve problems. You'll learn how to design and conduct experiments and how to analyse the results.

Physics explores the fundamental structure of the universe, starting with the smallest subatomic particles. It has provided the foundation for much modern technology, from smartphones and tablet computers to medical imaging equipment.

Our physics students learn from internationally recognised experts, contribute to original research, and become part of our community of scientists. We offer comprehensive programs that cover the basic physics concepts and key ideas in modern physics. Our courses are flexible, allowing you to study topics that interest you most.

Graduate opportunities

Physics is a generalist major that, instead of preparing you for a narrow career path in just one area, allows you great freedom of choice in your ultimate employment. This may appeal to students who have not yet committed themselves to one career choice. Physics graduates receive excellent training for hundreds of careers: jobs requiring critical reasoning, logical thought, data analysis, teamwork and problem solving are commonly filled by physics graduates.

Recent graduates have found employment in companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intersect Australia, Telstra, BHP Billiton, Canon and research organisations such as CSIRO, ANSTO, DST and NASA. Among Sydney physics graduates you will find chief executives and senior managers, entrepreneurs, patent attorneys, software engineers, consultants, astronomers, geophysicists, actuaries, quantitative analysts, data scientists, meteorologists, museum curators, science communicators and research scientists.

Career pathways

After majoring in physics, you may choose to do further study, which will help shape your career in physics, such as doing Physics Honours and a PhD for a career in scientific research and technology; or a Master of Medical Physics for a career as a hospital-based medical physicist.

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