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The Department of Physics offers a Physics BSc degree program that prepares graduates for a wide range of careers and thereby supply the UAE with skilled, scientifically-trained, professionals who can help “power and drive” the UAE’s knowledge-based economy.  In order to achieve this, the Physics Department’s strategy is to provide a generous number of electives with a lean core curriculum delivering the necessary professional skills, competencies, and physics knowledge.  The degree provides elective options in Engineering Physics, Space Science, and Physics Education.  Alternatively, students will be encouraged to consider taking a minor with their Physics BSc degree, for example in Nuclear Engineering or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. A wide range of elective physics courses, such as in Advanced Instrumentation, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biological Physics, Nanotechnology, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and others will be made available to students.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The BSc in Physics program involves the development of a great range of knowledge, skills, and competencies.  These may be summarized in terms of:

  • critical thinking, inventiveness and ability to address unforeseen problems
  • core physics knowledge, including basic concepts and the “canon” of physics topics
  • scientific and technical skills, including problem solving, use of advanced mathematics, modelling and simulations, generic experimental skills, coding and software use, data processing and analysis (including use of industry-standard software)
  • communication skills, including scientific presentations and writing (such as for professional conferences and journals) and the ability to communicate science content and outcomes to individuals untrained in science (such as investors, managers, general audience or young people)
  • professional and workplace skills, including problem solving, communication, management, working effectively with others, and dealing with constraints (applicable in a range of careers in industry, government, non-governmental organizations, teaching, or self-employment)

Prospects for employment opportunities for physics graduates is excellent. There is a growing demand in almost every sector of the job market.  Physicists are employed in many industries, including energy(nuclear power, oil, and gas), materials (petrochemicals and metals); aviation, aerospace, and defence; pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences; healthcare equipment and services; transportation, trade, and logistics; education; financial services; and telecommunications. 

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