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Deepen your understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll explore theories behind the creation of the Universe to understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets.

Examine the fundamental laws of physics behind how particles and radiation were created, how galaxies and planetary systems form, and how environments for life develop.

You’ll study the physical processes behind the structure of the Milky Way, star formation, stellar atmospheres, gravitational waves, the creation of matter and the cosmic microwave background.

Learn to build computer simulations of the Universe to investigate some of the big questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology, including:

  • What are dark energy and dark matter?
  • How did the Universe begin and how did it end?
  • Where did the contents of the Universe come from?
  • How and when do galaxies form?

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities as well as specialised tools and instruments used in astrophysics research.

A minor in astrophysics will prepare you for a research career in astrophysics or other scientific fields. You’ll be well placed to continue into a research-based honours degree.

Studying physics courses can also lead to working as a data scientist, banking or financial analyst, management consultant, or careers in the space industry, medical physics, mining or the environment.


1 in Queensland for physics and astronomy

QS World University Rankings 2024

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Research scientist
  • Data scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Space Science & Stellar Astrophysics
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology
  • Electromagnetism & Modern Physics
  • Mechanics & Thermal Physics

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