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Department of Physics




Creating a Brighter Future


About the Department


The Department of Physics at the University of Western Australia has a century-long history.


It was initially part of the Department of Mathematics and Physics, established in 1912 as one of earliest eight departments of this university and became the Department of Physics in 1929.

This department provides a strong foundation for research.

The Physics major is accredited by
the Australian Institute of Physics.


Undergraduate Physics

Physics examines the world around us at the most fundamental level, from the origin and fate of the universe, to the behaviour of matter on sub-atomic length scales, and everything in between. The overarching objective of the Physics major is to provide you with access to the frontiers of modern physics via an emphasis on essential mathematical skills.

Frontier Physics

This Combined Bachelor and Master (CBM) is a four-year accelerated program for those with an ATAR of 96 or above. Over the first three years you’ll complete a major in Frontier Physics, and four units from the Master of Physics, including research training.

Master of Physics

This course is about understanding the world around us at its most fundamental level. The knowledge generated through the study of physics is also the driving force behind most new technologies, from radars to lasers, from transistors to quantum computers, and from electron microscopes to advanced medical imaging scanners.

PhD in Physics

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's flagship research degree, which can be taken in any discipline area in the University, providing that appropriate supervision and resources are available.

Masters Specializations

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Computational Physics

Experimental Physics





Brings us face-to-face with the deepest workings of the universe, on the grandest scale, at the intersection between observational and theoretical physics.

A dramatic increase in computing power has been essential to the recent rapid development in science and engineering.

Pushing the boundaries of technology to probe fundamental questions about our universe and technical challenges, from photonics to electronics and quantum measurement.

Achieved excellence in the training of medical physicists and scientists in the broad field of radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging. 

To become part of one of mankind’s most amazing intellectual journeys: uncovering the fundamental workings of the universe. 

  Research Groups  


The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum
Systems (EQUS)

EQUS is the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.  Our mission is to engineer the quantum future by building quantum machines that harness the quantum world for practical applications. 


The ARC Centre of Excellent for Gravitational
Wave Discovery (OzGrav) 

The mission of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.

Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
Unification of gravity with the other fundamental interactions within a consistent quantum theory is one of the central problems of high-energy physics. The complete structure of such a theory is not yet known despite numerous efforts undertaken over several decades to construct it. The most interesting models for quantum gravity include string theory and its low-energy approximations known as supersymmetric theories of gravity (supergravity).

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Machine Learning Applications for Physical
Sciences (MAPS)

The Machine Learning Applications for Physical Sciences (MAPS) research cluster
focus on the application of state-of-the-art Machine Learning algorithms for efficient processing, accurate characterisation and robust prediction of signals arising in physical sciences.

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Medical Physics 

The Medical Physics Research Group at UWA has achieved excellence in the training of medical physicists and scientists in the broad field of radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, and nuclear medicine. Many of our graduates are now in medical physics roles either here in Perth or at institutions across the world. The group offers MSc and PhD degrees in Medical Physics.


Quantum Information, Simulation and Algorithms

The Quantum Information, Simulation and Algorithms Research Hub, hosted at The University of Western Australia, aims to foster collaboration and entrepreneurship, bringing together academic staff, research students, government and industrial partners to develop innovative quantum solutions to tackle otherwise intractable problems and complex phenomena.


Quantum Technologies and Dark Matter

Research excellence in precision measurement and sensing, low temperature physics,
hybrid quantum systems and laboratory tests of fundamental physics.


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Condensed Matter and Magnetism Research Group

This group carries out experimental, theoretical and computational research in the fields of Condensed-Matter Physics (CMP) and Magnetism. 

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