Physics Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science is the most flexible science degree at UNSW. You complete a major in Physics - a combination of core and elective physics and mathematics subjects. You also take electives from other Schools in the university - both science and non-science. You can even choose to take a minor or a second major in another science discipline, such as Chemistry, or Mathematics (though you may need more than the minimum three years to complete all the courses required.)
Students who perform well in the Bachelor of Science may choose to enrol into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, which is a fourth year of advanced coursework and the opportunity to conduct your own original research projects.
Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
4 years full time 2015 ATAR 95.00
The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is designed for high achieving students. During your degree you'll have the opportunity to take higher level maths and physics courses as part of your Advanced Physics major. There's also the opportunity to take electives from other Schools in the university, a science minor or even a second science major (though this might take longer than the minimum four years to complete your degree).
A fourth, honours year is automatically included in this degree. During honours you get the opportunity to conduct your own original physics research in an area such as astrophysics, theoretical physics, or quantum physics. You'll also take advanced level coursework subjects.
Bachelor of Science (International)
4 years full time 2015 ATAR 87.00
The world is becoming increasingly globalised. The Bachelor of Science (International) prepares you for this - you complete a major in Physics, and you also take courses in languages, international relations, politics and international law. You'll spend one or two semesters studying overseas at one of our partner universities. High performaing students can enrol into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) after this degree.
Bachelor of Science and Business
3 years full time 2015 ATAR 90.00
The Bachelor of Science and Business is ideal if you want to work in a scientific industry, but also understand the commercial environment. You'll complete a major in Physics, and also study a range of business courses in areas such as accounting, microeconomics, and management. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) is available to high achieving students who want to conduct a research project and study physics at an advanced level.
Dual degrees allow you to study for two degrees at once, and finish in less time than if you studied one after the other. They're ideal if you want to obtain a professional qualification, such as engineering or education; or if you want to take a major from another Faculty such as Arts. Dual degrees open diverse career opportunities. The following dual degrees are available with Physics:
Arts (with Science or Advanced Science)
Fine Arts (with Science or Advanced Science)
Social Research and Policy (with Science or Advanced Science)
Education (and Science)
Music (with Science or Advanced Science)
Computer Science (with Science or Advanced Science)
Commerce (with Science or Advanced Science)
Economics (with Science or Advanced Science)
Actuarial Science (with Science)
Engineering (with Science or Advanced Science)
Law (with Science, Advanced Science, or Science and Business)
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
If you've finished your Bachelor of Science degree and want to continue your physics studies, then Honours is the next step. Honours is a one year, full-time degree and and consists of advanced coursework and the opportunity to conduct your own original physics research.
Entry into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) requires completion of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (International), Bachelor of Science and Business, or dual degree, with a major in Physics. Students should have maintained a WAM (weighted average mark) of at least 65%, and completed the undergraduate courses PHYS3011 Quantum Mechanics and Electrodynamics; PHYS3021 Statistical and Solid State Physics; and PHYS3031 Advanced Optics and Nuclear Physics. Students from outside UNSW should have the equivalent to these prerequisites.
An honours degree is required for students who want to continue onto a PhD degree and a career in research. As honours is a significantly higher qualification than a Bachelor of Science, having honours will prove valuable to whatever career you choose.