Department of Physics
Bringing together great minds to examine the world around us
The Department of Physics studies how we exist in the world, looking at quantum physics; atomic, molecular, nuclear and particle physics; condensed matter physics; photonics; and astrophysics.
Drawing on a strong mathematical background, our students gain a thorough understanding on what makes things work, examining advanced technologies including nuclear power, radar, lasers, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners.
UWA is ranked equal 1st in Australia for graduate starting salaries and student demand
Awarded 5 out of 5 for Physical Sciences in the Excellence in Research for Australia
The study of physics is needed to understand most advanced technologies, whether it is the latest satellite or a new type of laser.
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 in between. During your Physics major, you’ll learn complex physics concepts, while working from a basis of mathematics to problem solve real-world issues.
Master of Physics
The Master of Physics is strongly based on in-depth research, translating results into the creation of new technologies to improve how we live today. Your research will most likely be part of an internationally recognised research group, enabling you to develop skills highly valued by industry and government employers.
Specialisations in the Master of Physics
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
Study the origin and fate of the universe.
- Computational Physics
Use numerical analysis to solve physics problems.
- Experimental Physics
Use complex physics to test how the world functions.
- Medical Physics
Improve healthcare by applying physics concepts, theories and methods.
- Theoretical Physics
Explain and predict natural phenomena through the application of mathematical models.
Machine Learning Applications for Physical Sciences
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Gravitational Wave Technology and Education research group
The Gravitational Wave Technology and Education research group looks at the gravitational waves in our universe.Read more about Gravitational Wave Technology and Education research group
Renewable Energy and Microgrids
The Renewable Energy and Microgrids discipline looks at ways to make the modern world’s transition to renewable energy smoother and more efficient.Read more about Renewable Energy and Microgrids
Engineering Science Education, Society and Work
The Engineering Science Education, Society and Work research group aims to improve the quality of future generations of engineers and scientists.Read more about Engineering Science Education, Society and Work
Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation explores the abstract concepts that provide the foundations for developments in applied mathematics, science and technology.Read more about Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
Oceans research offers expertise in solutions for the development of resources for energy, minerals and food production in the ocean environment.Read more about Oceans
The Medical Physics research group conducts research into radiobiology, radiation safety, clinical medicine and health technologies, and also provides teaching in biophysics, nuclear physics, radiation health and medical physics.Read more about Medical Physics
Quantum information, simulation and algorithms
This discipline researches the potential to harness nature at a deeper level while developing new possibilities for communication and data processing.Read more about Quantum information, simulation and algorithms
Advanced Sensing and Quantum Technologies
UWA’s Advanced Sensing and Quantum Technologies research group is solving remote operational challenges in a range of fields.Read more about Advanced Sensing and Quantum Technologies
Automation and Robotics
Automation and Robotics researches engineering systems applications where continuous human presence is either undesirable or impossible.Read more about Automation and Robotics
The Department of Physics works with local and international centres to collaborate with some of the brightest research minds.
These affiliations include:
Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre
The Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (MILC) is the result of an innovative alliance between The University of Western Australia and leading national engineering group Monadelphous. In this centre, world-class teaching and practical training in engineering combine to form a learning environment that is based on a simulated professional workplace.Read more about Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre
The CO2 Lab provides critical data to inform research into the most efficient and safe ways to process and transport CO2 for carbon storage purposes.Read more about CO2 Lab
The BRITElab is a world-class laboratory facility for biomedical and bioengineering research in Western Australia.Read more about BRITElab
Wave Energy Research Centre
The Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC) in Albany, in southern Western Australia, is a knowledge hub for offshore marine renewable energy research.Read more about Wave Energy Research Centre
UWA Physics Common Room
The UWA Physics Common Room is a place for Physics students to go to socialise, study and relax, managed by the University Physics Society.Read more about UWA Physics Common Room
Clough Engineering Student Centre
The Clough Engineering Student Centre at UWA is a dedicated space for students undertaking courses within the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS).Read more about Clough Engineering Student Centre
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre
The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre is a purpose-built collaborative facility for marine science and ocean engineering research.Read more about Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre
The UWA Motorsport workshop is an end-to-end engineering experience for students working on the motorsport vehicles of the future.Read more about Motorsport