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BSc in Physics

From atoms to galaxies — explore, experiment, measure and analyse the world around you.


Physics is a study of natural phenomena and the general laws that govern them. It covers a wide range of subjects from the smallest constituents of matter in particle physics to the whole universe in astrophysics. Between the two lies the human and terrestrial, which give us an understanding of everyday life and experience. 

With a rich history of ideas, observations and experiments, Physics is one of the most verified and reasoned methods of viewing the world. It studies natural phenomena and the general laws that govern them, and uses tools of measurement, experimentation, mathematics and computation. 

Learn how to build conceptual, qualitative, and quantitative models 

Use physical principles to provide precise explanations for an understanding of everyday phenomena.

Solve complex, real-world problems

Apply existing knowledge to acquire relevant knowledge to analyse and solve complex, real-world problems and not only textbook exercises. 

Hypothesise assumptions

Learn how to hypothesise and enumerate assumptions and represent results coherently . 

Design experiments and use tools

Learn how to build simple demonstrations and process data and use technological tools for your work. 

Tinker and fix

We encourage you to test your physics knowledge in everyday life!


Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.


You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.


We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.


We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

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Course structure

Our courses help you develop the attitudes, skills and discipline necessary for a serious study and practice of physics. You can choose between:

BSc in Physics (84 credits)

This is elementary for the undergraduate degree with a Major in Physics.

BSc in Physics with Honours (96 credits)

We offer you the opportunity to take up an additional research project around a topic and work closely with a member of the faculty to write a thesis.

These courses help you understand the broader contexts of each discipline and the porous borders between them. We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live.

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year. These courses will help you build all the tools you need for your years of study in the undergraduate programme. 

We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.

Teaching and learning support

We understand that you will need support during your academic journey. We offer individual support for reading and writing to ensure you can work on your workshops and tutorials.

  • Foundations

    These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.

    The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.

  • Creative Expressions

    In this set of courses, you will explore embodied ways of learning through a sustained practice of an art form or a sport. You could choose from a variety of interests including, but not limited to woodwork, martial arts, music, theatre, dance, yoga and visual art.

  • Understanding India

    In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.

    You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    You can choose one interdisciplinary area of study of four courses and a field practice of two weeks. These courses are about current Indian and global scenarios, whether social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.

    • Development

      Development aims to create social conditions for individual and social well being. How are development issues framed and what issues are involved in bringing about social change? What are the theoretical, conceptual and practical contestations around the political project that is development? This set of courses explores the many interdisciplinary fields like the humanities, social sciences, science and technology that inform development challenges.

    • Education

      In this set of courses, you will learn the nature and content of education, and its context and structure, especially in India. We begin by a broad overview of what a democratic conception of education entails, and what the values and ethics that define educational structures are. We examine aspects of education that encourage learning and the role of a teacher in the learning process. will explore and evaluate classroom practices and environments and learn how educational processes determine what is worth teaching.

    • Media and Democracy

      Over the course of time, human communication has been mediated by market-driven technology and gadgets. In turn, these forms of communications shape the public sphere in which ideas of what we are circulate. Modernity has had a close relationship with communication technologies.

      This is a set of courses to help you understand what role media and technologies play in shaping democracy, democratic policies and publics in India. We live in a world of unprecedented access to information. Media and communication have the capacity to deepen democracy but also the ability to foster anti-democratic politics.

    • Climate Studies

      These courses will help you develop the knowledge necessary to understand the earth’s climate systems. You will examine and analyse the role of human activity on the earth’s climate and its effects on the present and future climate scenarios, and identify the effects of climate change on biodiversity through the lens of historical changes in the Holocene. We hope you will apply systems thinking to examine the origins of the climate crisis and proposed solutions and grow comfortable with civic engagement and transfer of knowledge and resources for climate solutions at different levels.

    • Data, Democracy and Development

      The set of courses will orient you to think about data as an essential part of building empathy and democratic values. We ensure you have the requisite tools for data collection, analysis, presentation, and dissemination so that you can construct the right platforms and build technologies that embody democratic principles. These courses will foster a culture of investigation with data, keeping in mind questions of ethics and politics.

      • Development as Freedom

        Common Curriculum

        Build a broad based perspective on poverty, inequality, social policies and constitutional principles using the capabilities approach.

We offer broad introductory courses for you to have a good foundation and clear understanding of mechanics, electricity, heat, light and wave phenomena. Core courses have an integrated tutorial and laboratory component. 

Our core courses sometimes require an understanding of other scientific disciplines, and to ensure that you are able to study with ease, we offer you supportive courses in methods, chemistry, mathematics and biology.

You can choose for a set of courses in Physics for a broad scientific education as well as a set of courses from other disciplines in Biology, Economics, Humanities and Mathematics. 

For an Honours degree, you will have to study two more courses from available electives. Additionally, a research project is also involved.

Total 96 credits