Physics through the development of new technologies has greatly improved the everyday lives of people and the world in which we live. It forms the basis of many other sciences, primarily because it is a scientific discipline that has a practical approach to problem solving.

The theoretical side of learning physics can now all be done online. The curriculum, syllabus and material studied through distance learning is very similar to what would be taught on an equivalent course at a traditional bricks and mortar university. Modules can be studied over the Internet, with no requirement for on-campus attendance. This fact alone makes distance learning suitable for working people who would prefer to study from home.

As a program it can not only help you to achieve your full academic potential, it can also prepare you for further postgraduate study of physics.

Online physics degree overview

The course is a balance of the basic fundamental principles of physics and scientific methodology. Students will be allowed to focus on modules that interest them the most, and they can do all of this whilst studying with other national and international students who have a similar interest in Physics.

Leaping strides in technology have made it easier than ever to communicate and learn over the Internet. This has made an enormous difference in the quality of web based courses. Coursework can now be delivered in an effective manner through online learning. Study material along with learning resources and training material can all be downloaded in electronic format onto your personal computer for you to view at a time of your choice. There are also many online tools available that will enable you to interact with tutors and fellow distance learning students. On top of this its always worth remembering that you will be taught by friendly staff, who will treat you as an individual, and to whom you can submit your coursework via the Internet for review and feedback.

Typical modules and subjects that can be taught on a distance learning physics course

  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Computing for Physics
  • Electronics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Geophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Modern Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Physics of the Universe
  • Properties of Matter
  • Quantum Physics
  • Quantum Theory
  • Solid State Physics
  • Stellar Physics
  • Thermal Physics
  • The Physical Universe
  • Thermal Properties of Matter

Students will learn how to

  • Carry out scientific experiments.
  • Understand the latest scientific discoveries.
  • Put together logical and reasoned arguments.
  • Manage your time and meet deadlines.

Students will learn about

  • The application of physics to real world problems.
  • Natural processes of the physical world.
  • the latest development the in the world of physics.
  • Elementary modern physics.
  • The fundamental laws that govern the universe.

Physics is suitable for anyone who

  • Who wants to be a physicist, scientist or wants to work in the world of research.
  • Wants to find out how the world works.
  • Wants to learn clearly about how to solve problems.

Why study physics 

  • It is vital to understanding the world around us.
  • A qualification that will benefit you a lifetime.
  • It will give you a superb preparation for a wide range of careers in both scientific and no scientific fields.

Career prospects and roles for physics graduates
A physics degree award can be useful when applying for careers in areas such as;

  • teaching
  • research
  • product developing

About this page
This is a resource page that will give you useful information about what you can expect to learn on an accredited online physics degree course. It also lists links to a selection of popular and relevant online degrees that are run by established US universities. We have focused on North America because at present most English language online courses are run by academic institutions based in the United States of America. Through the links on this page you will find out about the:
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