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Bachelor of Science (Applied Physics)

University of Technology Sydney

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Physics challenges the imagination and today's physicists are turning their talents to addressing global issues such as understanding climate change, creating more clean and sustainable energy sources or innovating better medical technologies. Students learn about the interactions of energy and matter, precision measurement techniques and how new developments in physics are helping to expand technology. Students also gain practical experience with advanced scientific equipment and techniques including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction thin film techniques and computational modelling.

Students starting in November 2021 should note that they may not be able to enrol in a full-time study load for the Summer session. To confirm, contact UTS via the ASK UTS web page.

Areas of study Advanced mechanics, computer modelling, electronics and computer interfacing, measurement analysis, nanophotonics, optics, quantum physics, scanning probe and electron microscopy, solid-state science, thermodynamics.

Career opportunities Physicist, imaging specialist, nanotechnologist, optical physicist, noise consultants, materials scientist, energy and sustainability researcher, science teacher, academic. Graduates can find work in the communications and instrumentation industry, alternative energy sources, design of optical and electronic devices and publicly funded research at universities and organisations including CSIRO and ANSTO as well as regulatory authorities.

Honours Available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Fees and charges Refer to UTS current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced, any 2 units of English, any 2 units of science.

Recommended studies: Chemistry, Mathematics Extension 1.

Other applicants

Statement of service: Applicants are advised to complete the employment question on their UAC application and provide statements of service to UAC, as an adjustment of up to five points to their selection rank may be awarded on the basis of relevant employment experience. Applicants must meet the UTS minimum matriculation requirements in order for their employment experience to be assessed, and their documented employment experience must be at least one full-time year or greater.

Optional aptitude assessment: UTS Science believes that some applicants may have an aptitude for scientific study that is not reflected in their HSC results. The aptitude assessment is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their potential, and possibly secure an offer to study at UTS Science. The assessment is designed to assess applicants’ analytical and critical thinking skills. Much like the STAT test, it is not a knowledge-based assessment and there is no need to study for it. Applicants who wish to commence study can register to participate in the UTS Science Aptitude test.

Taking this assessment does not mean applicants are guaranteed to receive an offer from UTS Science.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UTS website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2020)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

UTS Science
UTS Science offers practical, relevant, and innovative science and mathematics courses in world-class facilities. Academics are leaders in their fields with a wealth of theoretical and professional expertise in research and industry. Students will study in an inclusive, nurturing and solutions-driven environment where they will be supported.

There is a breadth of courses from which to choose, ranging from analytics, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, physics, environmental biotechnology, biomedical physics, medicinal chemistry, and also proven favourites such as forensics, biomedical science, medical science, biotechnology, marine biology, environmental sciences, nanotechnology and many more.

Further information about UTS Science

Flexible major: Applicants uncertain of which major to follow should choose the flexible major of 607001 Bachelor of Science and decide which direction to take after the completion of their first year of study. However, applicants will need to decide which stream to follow at the start.

Bachelor of Advanced Science: If you are keen to add research into your degree, choose either 607061 Bachelor of Advanced Science, and if you are considering postgraduate medicine, choose 607063 Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Combined degrees: Students can combine their science or mathematics degree with another area of specialisation such as business, international studies, creative intelligence and innovation, engineering or law. They will graduate with two degrees and disciplines, and widen their career opportunities by only adding one to two years of study.

Real-world experience: As a science student, students will start building their lab, field or clinical experiences from early in their degree. As a mathematics student, students will learn how to use mathematical modelling to explain and innovate everyday applications. They will also have the chance to network with industry practitioners, and attend guest lectures and careers forums.

World-class facilities: UTS Science courses are conducted in award-winning facilities with access to a wealth of specialised teaching and research laboratories including the UTS Super Lab. Students will also make use of a range of collaborative spaces for group work and social activities. These facilities ensure UTS students are learning in the best possible environment and using the latest technology. For further information, refer to Our facilites.

Global and internship opportunities: Students can give their degree an international edge by spending a year studying abroad or participating in international internships through programs like UTS: BUILD. UTS places students with its partners' employers, so they gain real-world experience in a real work environment.

Bridging courses: Bridging courses are short intensive courses designed for students who are not confident with their preparation for tertiary study. They are taught to an introductory level and offered in mathematics, physics and chemistry. For more details, refer to UTS Bridging courses.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available to high achievers and future UTS Science students who are passionate about science or mathematics. For more details, refer to UTS Science scholarships.

Mid-year intake: Most science and mathematics courses are available for entry in July/August each year for local students. For more details, refer to UTS Science mid-year intake.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

UTS Online Handbook
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UTS cross-faculty and combined courses
UTS offers many cross-faculty courses and combined courses in the areas of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering and Information Technology, Health, Law and Science.

UTS also offers a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment as combined degrees.