About

The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, has a distinguished history: it is well-established and enjoys an internationally respected reputation for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience. Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne, the School is part of a vibrant campus environment and is a great place to study, as evidenced by internationally benchmarked ranking indicators. We welcome you to browse our website and annual reports. Please contact us if you are interested in pursuing studies or research at the School.

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Research

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. Aligned with high energy physics programs taking place in Switzerland (CERN) and Japan (KEK), the School has considerable expertise in collider physics, neutrino physics, physics beyond the 'Standard Model', astroparticle physics, and grid computing. The School leads the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (CDMPP). On the astrophysics side we have expertise in computational cosmology, the birth of the first stars, radio astronomy, gravitational lensing, gravitational waves and neutron stars. The School hosts nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3 dimensions, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. The School also has strengths in the exploration of matter and light interactions, particularly in advanced materials utilising diamond and silicon, quantum information science, photonics, advanced electron microscopy, nanoscale imaging, nanoelectronics, all the way down to the single atom and photon. We host nodes of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Communication and Computational Technology (CQC2T) which is building, a solid-state quantum computer in silicon which will revolutionise computing industries. Working closely with the Australian Synchrotron, we host a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging which employs X-Ray diffraction techniques and an interdisciplinary team of physicists, biologists and chemists to explore the structural determination of single biological molecules.

Teaching

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, while a PhD lets students carry out independent research on an area of study about which they are passionate.

Engagement

The School understands the key role that Physics can play in broader society through education and translation of discovery. For example, every Friday in July since 1968, the July Lectures in Physics have been informing and entertaining the public - each year, eminent University of Melbourne and visiting physicists present historical and up-to-the-minute perspectives on a current topic in physics. The Telescopes in Schools program partners with a school, and supports teachers to use a telescope and run observation nights for their students, staff, parents and community. The goal is to encourage a healthy sense of wonder and curiosity in high school students and the school community along with a positive connection with tertiary education via the medium of observational astronomy.

Our values

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, through 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.

Professor Stuart Wyithe
Head, School of Physics

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