Be at the forefront of exploration

The School of Physics is one of Australia’s leading institutes of scientific endeavour.

UNSW Physics laboratory
Home to four National Centres of Excellence

Funded by the Federal Government

Most Employable Students

UNSW placed in the AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020 and 2021.

#1 in Australia for research output in Physical Sciences

Nature Index Institution Outputs 1 Dec 2019 – 30 Nov 2020

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Physics is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from sub-atomic particles to the galaxies. It applies these laws to the solution of practical and theoretical problems and to the development of new technologies.
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Research & impact

Centres & labs

The Australian Federal Government is committed to funding Centres of Excellence that employ the highest quality researchers, technical experts and students to examine issues of national priority in a collaborative manner.

Research areas

The School of Physics at UNSW has nine main areas of research expertise. View our specialist areas and see how we are making an impact.

Our projects

Learn about our wide range of physics research projects. You'll also get a sense of supervisory options if you are considering postgraduate study and research.

Meet our people

Academic staff

Physics at UNSW is a leading school for teaching and research excellence. Connect with our academic staff.

Professional & technical staff

Search for professional & technical staff in the School of Physics at UNSW by phone, email contact details and locations.

Research students

View the profiles of our research students in the School of Physics, as well as their particular research fields.

Visiting & emeritus researchers

Discover more about our visiting and emeritus researchers, including their fields of research.

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