From black holes, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, to acoustics and aerodynamics, mathematical physics has helped answer many of the big questions about our world.

Inspired by physics with mathematical methods and rigour, this major will integrate knowledge principally from physics and mathematics to equip you with the necessary tools to think critically about the world and how it works.

You will gain a deep understanding of the physical world and develop skills in analysis, problem solving and critical thinking that will enable you to adapt to a wide range of tasks in research, teaching and management.

Wee Chaimainowong

“Learning mathematics and physics allows me to access explanations for the questions one could ask about the universe at the most fundamental level. For example, what are the laws that govern fundamental interactions? How does a massive object bend space and time? What happens in a universe with more than 4 dimensions? Everyday is a highlight when you study mathematics and physics.”


  • Career Outcomes

    A Mathematical Physics major will provide you with a strong foundation for an employment or research career in areas like the general sciences, agriculture and environmental sciences, banking, finance, commerce, engineering, government, and education. Job titles may include logistics/project manager, market research consultant or medical analyst.

    Employment growth for actuaries, mathematicians, statistician is projected to be strong leading to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Mathematical Physics are well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Mathematical Physics

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective