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Physics degrees abroad

Physics is one of the most fundamental sciences, and is sometimes referred to as ‘the science of everything’. By studying a physics degree abroad, you’ll learn about matter, energy and how they interact, and how concepts like quantum physics and relatively help us understand the world around us.

The principles of physics have driven many of the latest technological advances like the current digital revolution and quantum computing. As a physics graduate not only will you learn about the structure of physical laws, but also take part in their further discovery and join the likes of Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Steven Hawking.

Physics is a popular subject for international students because it means having the opportunity to study the best programs the world has to offer. The best universities are hard to get into, and you’ll usually need strong academic grades in science subjects and maths.

Physics program structure

You can study physics abroad at any degree level including bachelor's, master’s and doctorate. At the undergraduate level, you can study a BSc in physics over three or four years. Alternatively, you can study an MSci or MPhys, which lets you add an extra year to your bachelor’s program to convert it to a master’s. You can usually choose to do this after the first year.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a related subject, you can study a taught or research master’s in physics as an MSc or MPhil over one or two years. If you want to earn a doctorate, you can study a PhD in physics, which can take up to six years to complete.

How you’ll learn on a physics program will vary from module to module. Some will be lecture and seminar-based, and others will be more practical with laboratory sessions and group work. Most modules will assess you through a combination of exams, essays and reports, and you will usually have a dissertation to complete in your final year of a bachelor’s program.

Physics is a diverse and wide ranging subject that covers a huge number of subjects. Therefore the program content and structure of each program will differ from university to university. Here are some of the subjects and modules most physics bachelor’s programs will cover:

  • Quantum physics
  • Mathematics for physicists
  • Electromagnetism
  • Relativity and astrophysics
  • Mechanics
  • Waves and optics
  • Practical physics
  • Thermal physics
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Types of physics degrees

Best universities to study physics

Physics study abroad programs

What are the top physics undergraduate programs abroad?

  • University of WindsorPhysics (Co-op) - BSc (Hons)

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • May, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Windsor, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    35,394CAD
  • University of KansasPhysics - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Lawrence, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    30,514USD
  • American UniversityPhysics: Traditional Physics - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Washington DC, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    57,952USD
  • University of PortsmouthPhysics - BSc (Hons) (with placement)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    20,200GBP
  • University of North AlabamaPhysics: General Science Education - BS/BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Florence, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    20,400USD

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What are the top physics postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Florida Atlantic UniversitySecondary Education plus Certification: Physics - MEd

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Boca Raton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,792USD
  • Montana State University BozemanPhysics - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • May, Aug, Dec
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Bozeman, USA
    Next start date
    May 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,642USD
  • California State University, Long BeachPhysics (STEM) - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Long Beach , USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,434USD
  • University of North AlabamaSecondary Education: Physics - MAE

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Physics, Secondary Education
    Location
    Florence, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,820USD
  • DePaul UniversityPhysics - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Mar, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Physics
    Location
    Chicago, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    18,720USD

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Future physics careers

Physics is an ideal subject to study if you want to start a career in science and scientific research. A physics degree will also give you a variety of transferable skills that can open doors in a wide range of sectors, including IT, business, finance and engineering.

Some of the most popular job roles for physics graduates include:

  • Clinical scientist
  • Astronomer
  • Geophysicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Researcher
  • Science teacher
  • Systems analyst

There are a number of other roles you could pursue which may require some additional training, like accountancy or engineering.

To help you make the most of your degree, take advantage of the university’s career services who can help you work out what your options are.

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