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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 - BA/BSc Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,860 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Education and Physics - Dual BA (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,236 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Physics/Mathematics—Secondary Education - BAEd Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computing Systems & Physics - BSc Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,856 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    -
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    Physics - BSc Juniata College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,770 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in physics

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (Physics) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Physics - ASc Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Physics - ASc College of the Desert, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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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 - ASc North 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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Diploma in physics

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    Advancing University Studies: Physics - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,541 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,037 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Physics graduate programs

Master's in physics

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    Advances and Applications in Plasma Physics - MSc Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Science (Health & Medical Physics) - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,676 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,600 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Applied Science: Physics - MAppSc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,730 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,950 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Materials Physics for Nano and Quantum Technology - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,142 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,142 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Mathematics and Modelling- Specialization Analysis and Mathematical Physics - MSc Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,030 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 155,000 SEK

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in physics

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    Physics - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,948 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Physics - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,920 USD

    Start date
    May, August
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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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    Physics - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,460 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Physics - PhD University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,266 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,058 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in physics

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    Physics - GradDipSci University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,411 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,895 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Science: Physics - PGDipSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    17,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    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.