The University of Western Australia - Biophysics Program


Where do Biophysics graduates end up?

Although the Physics Department at UWA is over 75 years old, the Biophysics Program only began in 1995. Prior to this local Biophysicists tended to come either from overseas universities or from so-called straight Physics degree courses. Biophysics has always had a presence at UWA - through collaborations with medical research and crystallography for example. Honours level courses in Biophysics had been available through the 1980's and 1990's. Since the first graduates in Biophysics in 1997 to the present there have been 38 BSc's awarded. 16 of these were with honours. Some of our BSc graduates have also successfully undertaken Honours degrees in related departments such as Neuroscience and Pharmacology.

This page shows some of the varied and challenging areas taken up by our graduates.


What the students have to say:

" Hi! I'm working as a medical representative for Beyer Health Care.In this role I am involved in the promotion of prescription medications and medical devices to general practitioners and medical specialists in Western Australia. I got to where I am by completing a bachelor of science with double major in biophysics and biochemistry. During my degree I had many memorable experiences. Studying biophysics entailed a field trip with experiments conducted at rottnest island. The third year biophysics unit required the completion of projects - I did one each in the areas of pharmacology, zoology and physics. I guess it's the fact that biophysics is so broad, so varied and so applicable to so many things that attracted me to it. "

excerpt from ELVIS 2001 - Honours student from 1997.


Selected student outcomes - Biophysics Program UWA
  • PhD studies at UWA

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  • PhD studies at Queensland University of Technology.

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  • Postgraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at University of Melbourne.

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  • Science teacher at WA private school

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  • Radiation and Safety Management at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

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  • Representative for Beyer Health Care

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  • Physiotherapy research at Curtin University

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