Physics Degree at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The subject area which includes this bachelor’s degree ranks among the 51 to 100 in the fourth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject

The Bachelor's Degree in Physics at the UAB has two main purposes: firstly, to aid students in acquiring a solid scientific foundation of the basic concepts in physics, both theoretically and practically; secondly, to aid them in acquiring interdisciplinary and transversal scientific training adapted to the new frontiers in physics and the preparation needed to succeed professionally in these new disciplines.

Upon completion of the degree students have a general training in physics and advanced knowledge in today's most important scientific disciplines. They also gain experience in applying scientific methods to real problems, searching for different solution strategies with the help of experimental, mathematical and computational techniques, and interpreting the main physical phenomena through the identification of relevant data and principles. The programme equips students with skills that will then serve them in their profession or ongoing specialised studies.

The degree structure allows students to course different specialisations: Fundamental Physics, Applied Physics or a third option which can be taken simultaneously with the degree in Mathematics or the degree in Physics and Chemistry.

The connection the Department of Physics has with top-rated international science facilities - such as the LHC laboratory at CERN in Geneva, the gamma rays telescope MAGIC and the ALBA synchrotron facility - translates into a high level of teaching and research for its students, and a degree recognised in all of Europe. Proof of this high quality is the department's participation in the discovery of the Higgs particle. The High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE), a UAB-partner research centre, recently received recognition for the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence.

The UAB is currently at the centre of one of the most important nanoscience and nanotechnology poles in Europe, the Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster - Bellaterra. The cluster is an organisation focused on scientific research and its industrial applications. It groups together the skills and experiences in nanoscience and nanotechnology by the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN), the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) the National Microelectronics Centre (CNM-CSIC), the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Centre (CIN2), the MATGAS research centre, and the company D+T Microelectrònica AIE, all of which are members of the UAB Research Park.

The existence of several collaboration projects among members of the Department of Physics and research centres belonging to local and international companies facilitates students' entering the job market, both in businesses and in basic and applied research.

Student Profile

The ideal student for this degree should have the following qualities:

  • A sense of curiosity and ability to observe and analyse phenomena.
  • Ability to reason with logic and a rigorous analysis.
  • Scientific interest.
  • Interest in new technologies.
  • Mathematical abilities.

You should have a good training in physics and mathematics and be prepared to work consistently and regularly throughout the whole academic year.

Career options

In addition to working at the university or in the field of research, as a graduate in Physics you will have access to the following professional areas:

  • Non-university teaching.
  • Public administration (radiation protection, the environment, computing).
  • Consultancies (energy, materials, the environment).
  • Computing and telecommunications.
  • Banking, finances and insurance.
  • Industries (optics, new materials).
  • Medicine (radioactive facilities, non-invasive exploration instruments).

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Learning resources

Learning resources

Faculty of Science
Bellaterra Campus
Pre-enrolment code: 21001
70 places
Number of credits: 240 ECTS
Duration: 4 years
Language: Catalan, Spanish and English
Price per credit: 35.77 euros
Clasroom-based learning
Period of study: Six-monthly (with some year-long subjects).
Part-time or full-time: Full-time dedication. Part-time option available.