What will I study?


    Learn about matter and energy and their fascinating interactions, which occur on all scales. This major will integrate knowledge principally from physics and mathematics to equip you with the necessary tools to think critically about the world around you and how it works. You can choose to specialise in Physics, Chemical Physics or Mathematical Physics.

    Your major structure

    In your first and second year you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major as well as other science elective and breadth studies.

    In your third year, you will complete 50 points (usually four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in physics and you can also complete breadth  and further elective studies. This major is made up of core and selective subjects.

    Breadth studies

    Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne Model. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of science, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

    Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise.

    Explore this major

    Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this major.

    PHYC20009, PHYC20010 and PHYC20011 should only be taken by students who have already completed one or more of these subjects. Students planning to complete this major should note that CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism is a prerequisite for the subject CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B In addtion to the requirements of the major, it is recommended that students select the subjects listed above as level 3 Science elective subjects.