Physics at UWS

Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and has exerted significant influence upon other sciences, mathematics and philosophy. All students, and particularly those in the sciences, need to appreciate how the universe can be understood in terms of its laws and principles.

The physics group at Western Sydney University welcomes enquiries from students with an interest in any branch of physics but particularly from those interested in Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics and Space Science.

We offer undergraduate programs leading to the award of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science with Honours. We also provide service courses for students enrolled in Engineering, Mathematical & Biological Sciences and many other degrees.

Postgraduate programs lead to the award of MSc and PhD in the above areas of physics.

Please use the links provided here to discover what we can offer you. You are also encouraged to contact any member of staff whose research interests coincides with yours. Contact 

For Students

Physics is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the universe itself. It applies these laws to the solution of practical and theoretical problems and to the development of new technologies. Studying and research in Physics will prove valuable whether you follow a scientific career or are simply interested in understanding how the world around you works.

The Western Sydney University teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Undergraduate students can study physics through a sub-major in Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science) degree. We teach postgraduate research degrees; both a PhD and Masters in Science/Computing/Engineering by research are available, as is the Master of Philosophy degree.

A physicist might be a theorist puzzling over fundamental laws, a numerical modeller developing sophisticated computer algorithms to calculate how systems behave, an experimentalist developing new techniques to measure properties of nature or an engineer combining those theories and techniques into new technologies. Physics is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, as physicists work with mathematicians, engineers, chemists and biologists in order to understand and solve a wide range of problems confronting society.

Physics is a challenging and rewarding subject. Its study instructs a person in the art of critical thinking, how to pose questions and how to solve problems. Physics is at the heart of almost every facet of modern life.

Graduates with a physics degree go into a wide range of careers including scientific research, education, and the computing/engineering and financial sectors. A knowledge of physics, and the scientific methods learnt while studying a physics degree will prove valuable in any future career.

Studying physics at Western Sydney University is an opportunity to study with world-class researchers, many of whom have also won various awards for their innovative research/teaching. Undergraduate students can take advantage of the flexibility of the science degrees to combine studying physics with other science courses, or even courses from other faculties.

Further information about studying at Western Sydney University can be found on the Future Students website


The Werstern Sydney University is one of the largest Universities in Australia. Staff in the Schools conduct world-class research in several different areas: Astrophysics; Biophysics; Solar Energy Physics, Nanotechnology and Theoretical Physics. We have 8 academic staff, 3 Post-doctoral researchers and 8 postgraduate research students. The Physics @ UWS is a dynamic environment in which to study physics.

These are links for some of the research groups at Western Sydney University:


Star gazers gather around a telescope at the UWS Observatory 

Associate Professor Miroslav Filipovic and visitors to the Western Sydney University  Penrith Observatory during the Venus transit in 2012

  • Physics day at Western Sydney University
  • Astronomy day at Western Sydney University
  • Teachers night at Western Sydney University Observatory at Penrith
  • Penrith Observatory 


Postgraduate (PhD) Students

  • Luke Bozzetto
  • Jordan Collier
  • Graeme Wong
  • Greg Goldstein
  • Tim Galvin 
  • Andrew O'Brian