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Study physics abroad

An in-depth guide to studying physics as an international student.

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

Types of physics degrees

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Physics study abroad programs

Physics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in physics

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    Physics - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Physics - Physics and a Second Discipline - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Physics - BSBA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Physics - BSc University of Mount Union, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,700 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Physics and Liberal Studies - BA Oglethorpe University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,300 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Associate in physics

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    Physics - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Physics - ASc Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Physics (for Transfer) - ASc Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Physics - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Physics & Astronomy - ASc South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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Physics graduate programs

Master's in physics

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    Physics - MSc Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,511 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,239 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Physical and Chemical Sciences - Astronomy and Space Physics - MSc University of Turku, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,591 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Physics - MSc University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,857 USD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Physics - MSc American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,478 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in physics

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    Physics - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Physics - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Physics - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,434 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,800 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Physics - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in physics

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    Secondary Science with Physics - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,945 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,793 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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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.