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Profile of Programme

The Undergraduate Physics program aims to:

  • Provide education in Physics of high quality by international standards, producing graduates of the caliber sought not only by the public service, but also by industry and by the tertiary sector; enable our graduates to eventually pursue careers as academic teachers and researchers.
  • Attract talented students from a variety of backgrounds, including native speakers of Greek and, given the gradual introduction of courses in English, students from Western Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating environment, giving students the opportunity to develop their potential and abilities.
  • Maintain the highest academic standards in teaching; constantly update teaching subjects and methods in response to scientific advances and societal needs.
  • Encourage and pursue research of the highest quality in Physics, and largely incorporate research in the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Achieve and maintain a leading role in the undergraduate Physics programs of Eastern Mediterranean Universities and Greek-speaking Universities.

Key Learning Outcomes

There follows an overview of the intended learning outcomes of the Undergraduate Physics program. Learning outcomes for each course of the program are provided in the corresponding course description.
By the time they graduate, our students are expected to:

  • Master the standard core curriculum of a Physics undergraduate degree, including Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Wave Mechanics, Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, as set out in detail in the course descriptions.
  • Possess powerful tools, such as formal methods introduced in Classical and Quantum Mechanics, for addressing a wide range of topics.
  • Develop experimental skills, including hands-on experience with modern laboratory instrumentation and ability to design, assemble and test laboratory setups for a wide range of experiments. Develop the corresponding skills in data analysis.
  • Acquire mathematical skills at an advanced level.
  • Obtain familiarity with basic concepts in other Natural Sciences.
  • Have experience with Scientific Computing, enabling them to plan and construct algorithms for the numerical investigation of complex problems.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of a breadth of disciplines in Modern Physics, and be largely familiar with the dominant research directions and cutting-edge problems.
  • Understand how principles and methods from Physics are used in modern interdisciplinary research areas.
  • Exhibit versatility and innovative thinking in addressing and managing open questions in a variety of contexts, as an essential asset for careers in research, industry, commerce, education and the public sector.
  • Develop transferable skills such as: oral and written scientific communication, near fluent use of scientific English, use of information/communication technology, organization and planning of group work.
  • Critically appraise the technological, environmental and social relevance of their field of study.
  • Have some experience of independent work, ideally so in the context of a research project.

Key Information

Department: Department of Physics

Faculty: Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Programme Name: Physics

Direction: Physics

Level of Qualification: 1st Cycle (Bachelor's Degree) [8 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: Greek


Georgios Archontis
(Associate Professor)

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Core Courses 152
Restricted Elective Specialization 68
Free Elective 20

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

The vast majority of newly admitted undergraduate students enter the University of Cyprus based on their score at the Pancyprian Examinations organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture for admission into institutions of higher education.

Admission based on Special Criteria

  • Candidates who have taken the Pancyprian Examinations and who meet certain special criteria, as these are set out in the Rules and Regulations of Academic and Student Affairs, may seek a limited number of places (14% of Cypriot admissions).
  • Top athletes and students distinguished in International Olympiads: Athletes with top distinctions in sports, as defined by the Council of the University of Cyprus or students who have won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place medals in International Olympiads (e.g. Mathematics, ICT, Biology, etc.), may be admitted into Departments of the University of Cyprus without examinations, simply on the basis of their Lyceum Leaving Certificate.
  • Entry on the basis of Panhellenic Examinations: 10% of the total number of places offered through the Pancyprian Examinations may be taken up by candidates passing the Panhellenic Examinations.
  • Entry on the basis of International Examinations. An additional number of places (3% of admissions from Cyprus) may be sought on the basis of the results of international examinations such as GCE, the Baccalaureate or other equivalent examinations, by Cypriots belonging to the Republic’s official religious groups, repatriated Cypriots, Cypriots who reside permanently abroad, Greeks of the diaspora, children of officials of the Cypriot Foreign Service and foreign citizens from EU countries or countries outside the European Union.
  • Turkish Cypriot graduates of six-grade secondary schools are admitted on the basis of their high school-leaving certificate or after passing special written or oral examinations organized by the Department. 
  • Transfers/Second Degree: Every year the University of Cyprus offers a limited number of places for internal/external transfers and for obtaining a second degree.

Students must always consult the Undergraduate Study Rules of the University.

The Program is based on the European System of Credit Transfer and Accumulation (ECTS). The degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the program, as determined by the Department. Successful completion requires a minimum of 240 ECTS. 

The final grade of a student's Degree (Excellent with Distinction (9.5-10), Excellent (8.5-9.49), Very Good (6.5-8.49), Good (5.5-6.49) and Satisfactory (5-5.49) is calculated as the weighted average of all courses the student has successfully completed. The weight factor is based on the number of ECTS a course carries. 

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

Students that graduate from the department follow a variety of careers:

  • Teachers in public schools
  • Teachers in private schools or as private tutors
  •  Academic faculty members or researchers in Cypriot and foreign Universities and labs
  • Master’s or Ph.D. students or postdoctoral researchers in Cyprus and abroad
  • Civil servants
  • Private sector employees in jobs that require analytical and problem solving skills (e.g., in the banking and financial sector, in the insurance sector, and in high tech companies). 

Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Master or PhD Programs.