Physics is the key to understanding the world around us.


Physics examines the world around us at the most fundamental level, from the origin and fate of the universe, to the behaviour of matter on subatomic length scales - and everything else in between.

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Course description, features and facilities

The hallmark of the Physics major is the access it gives you to the frontiers of modern physics via a focus on mathematical skills. These are required to allow you to access the frontiers of modern physics, including the key pillars of relativity and quantum physics, with applications to atomic, nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics, photonics and astrophysics. The knowledge generated through the study of physics is the driving force behind most new technologies – from radars to lasers, transistors to quantum computers, and electron microscopes to advanced medical imaging scanners.

To complement your lectures you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials.

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Student profile – Mitchell Chiew

Physics is interesting because it is one of the purest and most challenging sciences; it throws light on the deepest mysteries and most fundamental forces that make up everything. Through physics, we discover the truth about the universe.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

The Physics major opens the door to many career choices. As a physics graduate, your strong problem solving and critical thinking abilities will be in demand from employers in industry, government and the business and finance sector. Your discipline-specific skills are particularly valued in teaching, research and high-tech industry. Graduates with a strong mathematics and physics background have opportunities in the resources sector modelling big data sets.Further studies will lead to careers in research or academia. The SKA project will provide a variety of job opportunities for Physics graduates in the Astronomy and Astrophysics stream.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a physics major can pursue further studies in honours (including the specialisation Geophysics honours) or at postgraduate level. Further study options include the Master of Physical Science - Astronomy and Astrophysics, Medical Physics or Physics, and the Master of Teaching.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Physics 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Physics ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Physics

Additional information

Alternatively, if you did not take or did not pass Mathematics Specialist ATAR, but have a scaled score of 50 or more in Mathematics Methods ATAR you may satisfy the mathematics prerequisite by taking an additional mathematics unit in first year.

If you only have a scaled score of 50 or more in Physics ATAR or equivalent you will be required to take bridging units that may extend the duration of the degree beyond the minimum 3 years.

Note 2: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98.00 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Specialist ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Mathematics or in SL Further Mathematics

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Physics: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Three hours of lectures, 2 hours of laboratories, 1 hour problem class, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333