Physical and Chemical Sciences
Chemists, physicists and astronomers are curious about how the world works. Physicists explain the basic laws that underlie everything on any scale, from the smallest elementary particles to the Universe as a whole.
Chemists investigate everything relating to molecules: how to synthesise and transform them, and how molecules are involved in the processes that govern life and the environment. Fundamental physics and chemistry has also driven and continues to lead the revolutionary changes in technology that have transformed the nature of society and our planet.
That also gives us a particular responsibility in finding solutions to the huge challenges that face humanity in the 21st century, including climate change and sustainable energy sources.
What can I study?
Discover the subjects UC offers within the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences:
- Environmental Science
- Mathematical Physics
- Medical Physics
- Medicinal Chemistry (new major in 2020)
SPCS is offering a special Start online; finish on-campus pathway for international students interested in studying one of the BSc study pathways offered by the School.
Explore the wonder of our universe and join like-minded thinkers in a three-year BSc.
Postgraduate qualifications are in demand by employers and vital for academic or research careers.
Students are well supported with international-standard technology and brand new buildings.
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