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Diploma in Science

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.

Studying physics courses can 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 sectors.


1 in Queensland for physics and astronomy

QS World University Rankings 2021

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:

  • Data scientist
  • Financial analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Investment analyst
  • Energy analyst

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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

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

What you'll study

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