Why is the sky blue? What is a black hole?

In the Physics major you will study nature at its most fundamental level, and gain an understanding of many familiar and interesting questions in this area.

You will also learn about matter and energy and be fascinated by their interactions, which occur on all scales, from the tiniest particles inside the atomic nucleus to the forces that give rise to the structure of the universe.

This major will integrate knowledge principally from physics and mathematics to equip you with the necessary tools to think critically about the world around you and how it works. You can choose to specialise in Physics, Chemical Physics or Mathematical Physics.

Geena Glass

“I like understanding why things happen at a fundamental level, and physics lets me do this. I have been able to establish some amazing friendships with like-minded students in physics, as I have come to feel truly a part of the Physics cohort and wider faculty.”

  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates with a major in Physics can pursue career paths in multiple research and development areas including astrophysics, medical physics, meteorology, mining, scientific instrumentation, synchrotron science and vision sciences.

    Graduates can also consider working in a number of commercial roles in telecommunications, government departments, management consultancies, science museums, teaching and video gaming industry.

    Employment in the natural and physical sciences is projected to grow strongly to 2019. Natural and Physical Scientists have an above average proportion of full-time jobs, wages are high and employment is below average.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in 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.

    Stephanie Bernard

    “My PhD research is in astrophysics. Specifically, I’m using the Hubble Space Telescope to detect the most distant galaxies known. Between beginning my undergraduate degree and now, I have become much more comfortable and confident at giving talks and meeting new people - this is a big part of doing science, since it's such a collaborative field.”

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  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