Physics aims to understand the entire physical world, from the sub-atomic to the cosmological.
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Physics is the most fundamental science. It involves understanding the basic principles by which all things in the universe exist and operate. Therefore physics is the foundation of other scientific disciplines and the natural basis of all the technology disciplines such as electronics, engineering and computer science which were pioneered by physicists.
The most famous scientists, such as Einstein and Newton, were physicists. Physicists are versed in mathematics, computer programming, and the design of complex instruments. As such, they are among the most versatile scientists, able to easily cross boundaries into other disciplines such as chemistry, biology, medicine, earth and planetary sciences. For example, there are biophysicists, geophysicists, astrophysicists and neurophysicists.
Physics papers are organised into theoretical, experimental and electronics subject areas. Electronic engineering is the technology of most interest to our subject and includes the theory, design and construction of electronic devices, instruments and systems.
Planning Your Degree
Physics may be taken in your first year to broaden your scientific knowledge and provide foundation skills for your other subjects. These papers will contribute as electives which support your chosen major(s).
In the first instance, students are advised to refer to the latest Graduate Handbook for information on pursuing further study and research at graduate and postgraduate levels.