Physics

If you're curious about things such as why the sky is blue, how a mobile phone works, or what the universe is made of, physics can quench your thirst for knowledge and prepare you for a fascinating career.

By studying Physics at Monash you will have access to world-leading researchers and facilities. We have developed a new way of teaching physics and astronomy – called the Physics and Astronomy Collaborative-learning Environment (PACE). The PACE Studios were designed purposefully to promote independent learning, and develop the analytical, problem-solving and communication skills prized by industry. We are forging a community of students who are active learners, able to apply their knowledge and skills in creative and imaginative ways.

Physics is the study of space and time, matter and energy. By carrying out experiments and developing conceptual models, physicists seek to provide a fundamental understanding of how our physical universe works. Physics ranges from the very practical, such as developing biomedical-imaging and optoelectronic devices, to asking curiosity-driven questions about the nature of reality or how complexity arises from simple constituents.

The skills you gain through studying Physics at Monash can be used in a diverse range of areas including the following: modelling complex financial systems, climate modelling, looking at innovative ways to address sustainability, understanding our place in the universe, understanding things like consciousness and complex biological systems.

With a major in Physics you will have a vast range of challenging and fascinating career options. You may find yourself working with lasers, medical imaging, and nanotechnology in a range of contexts, including electronics, communications, aeronautics, minerals exploration and space science.

As a physicist you may be employed as researcher in a university, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the Australian Synchrotron, and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Physicists are also found working in the renewable energy sector, science teaching, climate modelling and science communication.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Making the Connection

Join Michael Fuhrer, Physicist, on a journey to discover the unknown by attempting to 'make the connection' through Experimental Physics.

A better place

Catch a glimpse in to the world of Theoretical Physics with David Paganin as he strives to help others, and make the world 'A better place'.

Absolutely Cool Atoms

Curiosity driven research is what gets Kris Helmerson up in the morning. He is studying the properties of atoms cooled using lasers; at sub zero temperatures they behave like fluids even though they are gases. One of his research students even hopes to tie atoms in knots!