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Why study at UOW

Physics helps us understand the world, ourselves and the universe in which we live.

Physicists have a very solid knowledge of the physical universe and use this knowledge to explore new ideas that will advance humanity.

Their skills can also help us better understand and predict the behaviour of complex systems.

The best in NSW and the ACT 
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for undergraduate Science and Mathematics, and as the best university in NSW in the Generic Skills and Good Teaching Scale for postgraduate Science and Mathematics.

Top 150 world-wide
In the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by subject UOW rated among the top 150 for Atmospheric Science.

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Why study Physics


  • All UOW physics degrees are fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics, while our strong ties with labs such as ANSTO and CSIRO ensure you receive industry exposure throughout your degree.

  • Receive strong support from the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Society.

  • Our Medical and Radiation Physics program is backed by clinical associations with local and Sydney hospitals—over 50% of current practising medical physicists in NSW were educated and trained at UOW.

  • You will work alongside leading academics and learn about the very latest developments in the field of physics, including partnerships with CERN in Switzerland.

  • High achieving students receive financial rewards as well as independent learning opportunities such as summer research projects.

  • Gain knowledge to contribute to the important field of climate science.

  • Understand the biomolecular field to improve a broad range of technologies. 


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Overview of careers

All subjects include a major practical component to complement and reinforce what you learn in lectures, and ensure you gain hands-on skills to prepare you for your future career path. Below is just a sample of the careers you can pursue.

  • Radiotherapist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Imaging Specialist
  • Biomolecular Physicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Teacher
  • Astrophysicist and Cosmologist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Hydrographer
  • Meteorologist
  • Risk Manager
  • Health Physicist
  • Computer Scientist
  • Defence Logistics
  • Intelligence
  • Finance Analyst
  • Econo-Physicist

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.


My degrees at UOW gave me many opportunities to gain insight into the world of research. I had opportunities to be involved in local and international collaborations, conduct research at state-of-the-art international facilities and attend conferences to present my research and network with professionals in the field.

Scientist, Australian Synchrotron
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced Honours


Studying physics at UOW helped me discover how the universe works. The fundamentals I learned in my undergraduate degree and the practical skills I learned in my postgraduate degree have been essential to my role as a scientist. Now I’m living in France and being paid to do the science I really enjoy. What more could I ask for?

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institut Néel, France
Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours)2010
Doctor of Philosophy 2015


My education at the Centre of Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP) at UOW provided a strong foundation for me to get to where I am today. There is a huge advantage in the amount of clinical work that was set aside for us during my time at CMRP, as this is the kind of practical experience and knowledge that makes you valuable to employers.

Nicole Humble
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Physics (Honours)
Project Manager, Brainlab

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After visiting UOW at a Discovery Day with my high school I found that UOW not only has a strong physics program but puts a lot of effort into student life. During my degree, I’ve had the opportunity to go to Japan to attend the Tsukuba Global Science Week and also take up a role as a STEM ambassador to share my story and my passion for science and mathematics to school students.

Jessie Posar
Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Physics)