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
Observational and theoretical methods of studying astronomical systems using world-class observatories and supercomputers to advance knowledge.
- Computational Physics
Numerical methods, high-performance computing, graphics processing unit (GPU) programming and methods of computational physics.
- Experimental Physics
Precision measurement experimental skills ranging from Atomic, Molecular and Surface physics, Frequency and Quantum Metrology, Optomechanics and Gravitational Wave detection instrumentation .
- Medical Physics
Gives applicants from physics and engineering backgrounds the knowledge and problem-solving skills suitable for entry into the ACPSEM Training Program (TEAP) in radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology or nuclear medicine.
- Theoretical Physics
Theoretical aspects of Quantum Gravity and physics beyond the Standard Model.
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
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
Machine Learning Applications for Physical Sciences
The Machine Learning Applications for Physical Sciences (MAPS) research cluster focus on the application of state-of-the-art Machine Learning algorithms for efficient processing, accurate characterisation and robust prediction of signals arising in physical sciences.Read more
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
The Department of Physics works with local and international centres to collaborate with some of the brightest research minds.
These affiliations include:
EZONE UWA Student Hub
A world-class learning space for engineering and mathematical science students
UWA Physics Common Room
The UWA Physics Common Room is managed by the University Physics Society and is a place for Physics students to socialise, study and relax.
Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre
The Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre is an alliance between UWA and leading national engineering group Monadelphous to create a world-class teaching and practical training centre for engineering students.
Clough Engineering Student Centre
UWA’s Clough Engineering Student Centre is a dynamic, dedicated space for students within the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.