The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne enjoys an internationally respected reputation for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience.
It is an exciting time to be studying physics in the 21st century: it is an enabling science that expands our knowledge of the Universe and underpins new technologies that benefit our society. Our programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle and experimental particle physics explore questions relating to the origin, evolution and fate of our universe.
Our School studies matter and light interactions, particularly in advanced materials utilising diamond and silicon, quantum information science, photonics, nanoscale imaging and nanoelectronics, and hosts interdisciplinary teams of physicists, biologists and chemists studying biological molecules.
The first lectures in physics at the University of Melbourne were taught in the 1860s originally within the Faculty of Medicine; it was then known as 'natural philosophy'.
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Equity and diversity
The School of Physics is strongly committed to providing support and resources to create an equitable environment for all members of the department, including students at all levels and visitors.
Environmental Health and Safety is a very important issue at the School of Physics; all staff and students, from the first day of arrival, will be exposed to both obvious and hidden risks.
Studying in the School of Physics
Physics is taught at an Undergraduate level through the Bachelor of Science program and at a postgraduate level through Masters and PhD programs. The School leverages its broad physics expertise to enhance the Physical Sciences experience of students.
- The Bachelor of Science is an internationally recognised, flexible program that will open the doors to an outstanding future
- A distinctive suite of Masters programs are designed to provide options in advanced research training, specialised coursework studies and professional skills development
- PhD studies let students carry out independent research on an area of study about which they are passionate.
Life in the School of Physics
The School of Physics is committed to providing support and resources to create an equitable environment for all members of the department, including students at all levels and visitors. This includes improving the understanding of unconscious bias and its impact through training and working with the Faculty of Science Diversity and Inclusion committees to create and implement faculty-wide initiatives.
The School has developed a diversity policy and code of conduct to ensure inclusion and acceptance of all members regardless of gender, ethnicity or origin, culture, language, relationship status, pregnancy, sexuality, medical conditions or disability, age and political or religious belief.