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Mātai Ahupūngao

07 October 2023
Physics aims to understand the behaviour of matter and energy, from subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself.




Physics explores the behaviour between matter and energy — from subatomic particles to the scale of the universe.

Technology and physics go hand-in-hand, and they improve our lives massively. From computers, architecture to agriculture, modern life is built using the understanding of physics.

Studying this field will prepare you to contribute to major advances in technology now and in the future.


What will my study involve?

  • Lab experiments, fieldwork, and computing skills in our state-of-the-art facilities including a nano lab, super conduction magnet lab, cloud chamber, and cryogenics lab.
  • UC has contributed much to the field with alumnus like Ernest Rutherford and Beatrice Tinsley, with current research including Medical Physics, Nanotechnology, and Cosmology.



For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:


COSC121 Introduction to Computer Programming and COSC131 Introduction to Programming for Engineers are also strongly recommended.

If you have not taken physics or mathematics to Year 13 level, it is also recommended to take PHYS111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering and MATH101 Methods of Mathematics.


MATH202 Differential Equations and MATH203 Linear Algebra are also recommended.


If you intend to go onto postgraduate study, it is recommended that you include PHYS326 Classical Mechanics and Symmetry Principles, or you can take PHYS456 in the first your of your postgraduate degree.

Physics minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

Understanding how almost everything works opens up job opportunities in many industries, ranging from experimental research to scientific consulting to building new technology.

Career pathways could include:

  • IT and electronic industries
  • aerospace
  • science centres/museums
  • research and development.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Physics.

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