Bachelor of Science (Applied Physics)

University of Technology Sydney

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
City 607009 CSP 3F/6P 22 Jul 2019
9 Mar 2020


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.

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: Visit the UTS website for current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

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

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 your selection rank may be awarded on the basis of relevant employment experience. You will have had to have met the UTS minimum matriculation requirements in order for your employment experience to be assessed, and your 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 your 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 in Autumn 2019 can register to participate in the UTS Science Aptitude test at the UTS website.

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

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

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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. You will study in an inclusive, nurturing and solutions-driven environment where you 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, Chinese medicine and many more.

For further information, visit the UTS website.

Flexible major: If you are uncertain of which major to follow, choose the flexible major of 607001 B Science, and decide which direction to take after the completion of your first year of study. However, you will need to decide which stream to follow at the start.

B Advanced Science: If you are keen to add research into your degree, choose either of 607058, 607059, 607060, 607061 B Advanced Science, and if you are considering postgraduate medicine, choose 607063 B Advanced Science.

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

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

World-class facilities: Our courses are conducted in award-winning facilities with access to a wealth of specialised teaching and research laboratories including the UTS Super Lab. You 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, visit the UTS website.

Global and internship opportunities: You can give your degree an international edge by spending a year studying abroad or participating in international internships through programs like UTS: BUILD. We place students with our 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, visit the UTS website.

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

Mid-year intake: Most science and mathematics courses are available for entry in July/August each year for local students. For more details, visit the UTS website.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2019–20 admissions period.

UTS Online Handbook
For further details about UTS courses listed below, including course content and structure, subject and elective choices, attendance patterns and credit point requirements, visit the UTS website.

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 B Creative Intelligence and Innovation, and a B Arts in International Studies in each discipline area.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
607009 69.25 73.00 96.00 71.25 75.45 99.00


  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 2015 to 2017) 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 2017 Year 12 students and 2015/16 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2017 – 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.

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank