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Physics and Astronomy

From the Kinetic energy of a speeding car to nuclear fusion energy, from nearby stars to distant galaxies, physics examines matter and energy in all their forms.

Curtin’s area of Physics and Astronomy works closely with the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), which focuses on scientific and technological advances in the field, and is involved in the Square Kilometre Array and the Murchison Widefield Array, as well as the investigation of active galactic nuclei and radio galaxies, transient radio phenomena and pulsars.

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 assessment, Curtin University ranked well above world standard for astronomical and space sciences.

Physics graduates have some of the most exciting jobs throughout their careers. Their problem-solving skills, enhanced by the study of theoretical and practical physics, together with strengths in mathematics and computing, make them highly sought after by many employers.

Possible careers

  • Astronomer
  • Materials scientist
  • Meteorologist
  • Computational physicist
  • Radiation physicist

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Physics (Advanced Science)

The new Physics (Advanced Science) major, available from Semester 1 2018, is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Indicative ATAR: 95

Prerequisites: Mathematics Methods ATAR; Mathematics Specialist ATAR; Physics ATAR

Video: What's it like to be in Physics?

Mark Zammit

Curtin Alumnus and current Research Fellow, Mark Zammit won the 2014 Exxon Mobile Student Scientist of the Year for developing a program that models electron and positron collision with atoms and molecules, potentially benefiting the medicine, lighting, fusion technology industry and more.

Research accolade

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017 ranks Curtin 4th in Australia for the proportion of top 10 per cent highly cited publications in Physical Science and Engineering.

Summer vacation scholarships

The summer vacation scholarships are intended for outstanding recently completed first, second and third year students wishing to undertake research experience aligned with their Physics stream of interest.

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