Physics encompasses the study of a wide range of phenomena, from elementary particles at the microscopic scale and matter in extreme environments to the vast universe itself. In recent years, active attempts have also been made to understand chemical and biological phenomena from a physics perspective. One of the biggest appeals of studying at the Department of Physics is that students get to view nature's various aspects in a coordinated manner. Realizing unexpected connections between different phenomena is a great intellectual fun that you can enjoy at the Department of Physics.
At the Department of Physics, both students and faculty are driven by the same passion — to deepen the understanding of the laws of nature. So we discuss, to get closer to the truth. What matters is insights and ideas, not the age or status — that's our style.
Physics research involves a wide range of methods. Some experimental research may require devices to be built from scratch. In other cases, large-scale equipment such as accelerators may be used. Theoretical research, on the other hand, may involve repetitive steps of logical thinking and calculations. Large-scale simulations are also an approach adopted quite often nowadays. Undergraduate students who major in physics will gain hands-on experience of some of these methods. In their final year, the Independent Research Project will ensure that they acquire specialist skills relevant to their research.
Advances in physics continue to be made on a daily basis. Papers with the latest findings are regularly being published online by researchers from around the world. In today's research, forming international joint research teams and making use of international facilities (e.g., accelerators and observatories) are commonplace as a means of gaining a competitive edge. In view of this, the Department of Physics makes sure that its education reflects the latest developments in the discipline and offers plenty of opportunities to refine discussion and presentation skills necessary for leadership roles. The department offers a gateway to the dynamic world of research at a global scale.
The discipline of physics is concerned with the truths of the natural world. It is a grand and elaborate affair, an adventure dating back to the time of Isaac Newton, or even ancient Greece, that continues to accumulate and expand the knowledge of mankind. The Physics Undergraduate Major prepares students to join this quest. Instruction by leading experts of disciplinary fields and the yearlong Independent Research Project lay the necessary groundwork for students to begin frontline research. The experience and pioneering spirit acquired through the major will prove beneficial in a variety of careers, not necessarily academic.