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Department of Physics and Astronomy


Science @ Swinburne

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Scientific and technological knowledge is advancing at an unprecedented rate. Experience some of the many areas that Swinburne academics are researching and engaging with industry.


Advances in physics are at the very heart of technological developments that will influence the way we live in the 21st century.

Swinburne has strategically established major research centres in physics, focused on astrophysics, microphotonics, and quantum and optical science.

Our physics research has a strong international profiles demonstrated by our placing in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) which ranks Swinburne in the Top 75 Universities worldwide for Physics research, one of only two australian universities.

Our research quality and impact has been recognised through our performance in the most recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) report. We gained an ERA rating of 5 (well above world standard) for our research in Astronomical and Space Sciences, and were the only university in Victoria to receive a ranking of 5 for our Physical Sciences research.

Our students have the opportunity to work with our world-class researchers and research facilities though research-engaged learning in our physics courses at the undergraduate, honours and PhD levels.

Our courses combine a strong theoretical foundation with a practical focus, together with an emphasis on the exceptional generic skills that are highly valued by employers in Australia and overseas.



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