Physics and Astronomy

Curtin’s discipline 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.

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.

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin University is ranked above world standard for Physical Sciences, and well above world standard for Astronomical and Space Sciences.

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Biggest telescope survey finds no signs of alien technology

In September 2020, Curtin radio astronomers scanned part of a constellation known to include 10.35 million stars for alien intelligence.