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Physics Degrees

Essentially, physics is the study of the entire universe. From studying stars far beyond earth, to explaining the shape of a water droplet, physics degrees offer students the chance to understand the world around them in all its enormity and complexity.

Great physicists who played a role in identifying the natural laws and theories that underlie modern scientific understandings of the world include Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, Erwin Schrodinger, Sir Isaac Newton and Max Planck – and those now choosing to study physics could be among the next generation of revolutionary thinkers in the field.

Although the subject has a bit of a reputation for being detached from everyday applications, physicists in fact play major roles in many key sectors, including many aspects of technology and engineering. Physics jobs could range from developing the use of fibre optics in communications systems to the application of electromagnetic knowledge in developing new industrial technologies.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a physics degree include:

  • Highly advanced numeracy
  • Computer expertise
  • Familiarity with current scientific software
  • Specialized knowledge of physics topics
  • Ability to grasp and analyze complex data sets
  • Advanced reasoning skills
  • Ability to construct logical arguments
  • General research skills
  • Practical experimentation skills
  • A pragmatic and analytical approach to problem solving
  • Close attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas
  • Knowledge of technical language
  • Self-management, including planning and meeting deadlines