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What is Physics?

Physics is the most basic and fundamental science and the laws of physics govern the behaviour of the Universe. The study of physics looks at the nature and properties of matter and energy.

Physics students develop critical thinking skills, an ability to pose challenging questions, and solve problems.

Physicists may pursue careers in research areas including telecommunications, quantum computing, astrophysics, biophysics, and photonics. Their ability to analyse and problem solve, coupled with their strong mathematical skills makes them useful to many industry areas such as areas communications, computing, electronics, finance, and biomedical technology.

Physics as part of your Diploma

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in discipline-specific diploma courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney.

The added support that diploma students receive will equip them with academic and English skills and ensure they are well prepared for their journey into Second Year at UNSW Sydney.

Physics Diploma Courses

View an example of the courses you will be studying in your First Year at UNSW Global below.

  • Mathematics 1A
  • Mathematics 1B
  • Higher Physics 1A
  • Higher Physics 1B
  • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
  • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
  • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering
  • Communication & Academic Literacy

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