Physics

Our department is home to the UNB MRI Centre, a world-leading laboratory for materials MRI.

UNB's Physics Department has an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally, for its stellar accomplishments in research, for its acclaimed graduates, and nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Many of our faculty members have received prestigious awards for research and teaching.

What is physics?

Physics is the natural science which examines basic concepts such as energy, force, and space-time and all that derives from these, such as mass, charge, matter and its motion. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the world and universe behave.



Why physics?

CHAIN Radar antenna at Pond Inlet, NU

The research done by physicists can be applied into many aspects of our lives. Due to the nature of their work it isn't always straight forward to determine what their research can do for humanity but after a thorough understanding of new physics they can develop applications for this new found knowledge. Many of the devices and technologies we use today such as: TV's, computers, mobile phones, and game consoles are based on the understanding of how electrons behave. The majority of this research was performed in the early 1900's. Physics research is not limited to products that entertain us but also involves applications and solutions in medicine, environmental science, space science, acoustics, power generation and management and many more.



Careers in physics

Employment-sector breakdown of physics degree recipients, by degree type. (Source: AIP Statistical Research Center)Studying physics can lead you to a variety of career paths. The most well known path is to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor or research scientist. People who have earned a physics degree (B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D) have gone on to work in different industries including: engineering, computer and information technology, business, medical, and education. A Ph.D. is not required for all areas and often times a Bachelor's degree in physics is a great stepping stone to get into other professional designations such as: MBA, M.Eng, and Medical school. For more information and statistics on careers please visit the American Physical Society Site.

Outreach and Public Events 

UNB physics hosts many events for the local youth and public. We are aiming to promote continued science education for all ages, whether this is an observation night at our observatory, the physics Olympics, or going into local schools to help with hands-on laboratory experiments. For anyone interested in learning more check our outreach page here.