Physics is an exciting part of science and technology. It seeks to explain the behaviour of everything from the basic nature of nuclear matter to galaxies which form the major constituents of the universe itself. An appreciation of the Laws of Nature which govern the behaviour of matter and of radiation enhances our insight into the physical world around us. These laws have been discovered by rigorous deduction from basic principles and by careful experimentation.

Areas of study

Courses at the postgraduate level include a choice of basic and specialised topics. The latter are closely related to the research interests (and therefore MSc thesis topics) in the department, which include aspects of theoretical physics, nuclear physics, laser physics, optoelectronics, nonlinear fibre optics, teraherta spectroscopy, adaptive optics, quantum optics, atom optics, optical metrology, biophotonics, theoretical biology, condensed matter physics, marine acoustics, atmospheric and ionspheric physics, astrophysics, elementary particle physics, remote sensing, signal processing and physics education.

You can study Physics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

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Career opportunities

Fundamental physics is a strong underpinning for careers in many branches of the physical sciences. Recent graduates are finding work in research-based jobs, and teaching, marketing, medical physics and computing. Mineral exploration physics and astrophysics are open to physics graduates.
Many aspects of computing and telecommunications require physics and a degree in physics would open up avenues in scientific instrument manufacture, electronics and development of computer systems.
Industrial applications of physics including noise control, industrial process monitoring and control, radiation monitoring, vibration analysis and water resource management.
Meteorology and oceanography are also interesting fields available to physicists.

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