Physics is one of UQ's Research Strengths and in the Faculty of Science is located primarily in the School of Mathematics and Physics. Physics and Astrophysics ask some of the fundamental science questions that have puzzled mankind for centuries. At a practical level, physics embraces the study of basic natural laws and explains how and why things work on scales ranging from the cosmos to the sub-atomic level. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, UQ received the highest rating of ‘well above world-standard’ in Physical Sciences, a distinction also held in the 2010 and 2012 ERA assessments. UQ particuarly excelled in Astronomical and Space Sciences, Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Physics and Quantum Physics.

UQ Physics also partners with Chemistry in the Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics, and with Engineering in the Centre for Hypersonics.

UQ Physics is the lead institution for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, and hosts a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

UQ Physics hosts an outstanding group of researchers exploring quantum science, laser science, condensed matter physics and astrophysics. Read more about UQ Physics has leading research in:

Read more about our Physics and Astrophysics researchers here, including more information on specific projects, publications and research student opportunities.