Study area

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Physical Sciences aim to uncover the underlying laws of nature – often written in the language of mathematics. Delve into areas like chemistry, geology, physics, statistics and more to understand the world we live in and help advance humanity.

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Studies in this field will develop your data analysis, visualisation, interpretation and technological skills, all of which are essential in growth industries such as science, technology, engineering and finance.

You’ll gain hands-on experience with high-precision instrumentation and control, and enhance your abilities in forecasting, decision making and detailed problem solving.

Make personal and professional connections for life with some of our 160+ clubs and societies, including the Mathematics Union, Women in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University Physics Society, Science Communication Society and more.

Start your journey to a fulfilling career in developing, creating and improving everyday life with scientific and mathematical tools and techniques.

  • Join an exceptional community
    Our grads get jobs at leading organisations around the world, including Google, NASA, IBM and Microsoft.
  • Learn from inspirational leaders
    like Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, a multiple award-winning and internationally renowned mathematician.
  • Get career-ready by forming close ties with local
    industry, observatories, schools and government research organisations during your degree.
  • Be recognised 
    Our courses are accredited by the likes of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

World-class facilities

EZONE UWA Student Hub

EZONE UWA provides an unparalleled student experience, building an innovative and collaborative culture based on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) capability like no other in the country.

Bayliss Building

The Bayliss Building is an impressive five-storey facility that's the largest and most technically complex building on our campus. Home to the School of Molecular Sciences, the building was named after Emeritus Professor Sir Noel Stanley Bayliss (1906-1996), an eminent Australian chemist whose name was given to the mineral 'baylissite'.

Industry snapshot

Your strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities will be in demand from employers in industry, government and the business and finance sectors. Your discipline-specific skills are particularly valued in teaching, research and high-tech industries. Graduates with a strong mathematics and physics background have opportunities in the resources sector modelling big data sets. 

You could find employment opportunities in finance (banks, insurance companies and investment analysis), government organisations (CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Defence Science Technology Organisation, Bureau of Meteorology), public service (states and federal), teaching (primary, secondary and tertiary levels) and other industries such as mining, IT, engineering, research and statistical consulting firms.

Potential jobs

  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist/molecular biologist
  • Biostatistician or bioinformatician
  • Chemist
  • Computational scientist 
  • Data scientist/analyst
  • Defence scientist
  • Financial analyst/actuary
  • Geologist
  • Geophysical data analyst
  • High school physics teacher
  • Lab technician
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist/environmental modeller
  • Patent attorney
  • Physicist
  • Scientific/statistical computing specialist
  • Science journalist
  • Software developer
  • Technical specialist
  • Transport and logistics consultant

Undergraduate courses

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