Bachelor in Physics

Programme duration : 3 years
Delivery language : English
Degree awarded : Bachelor in Physics
Accreditation : The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
Deadline to apply : 11 August 2023
Placement test dates : Tuesday, 7th February 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday, 21st February 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 18th March 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Saturday, 15th April 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Tuesday, 9th May 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday 23rd May 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 3rd of June 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Saturday, 10th of June 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Tuesday, 13th June 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday, 20th June 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday, 27th June 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 1st July 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Thursday, 6th July 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 15th July 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Tuesday, 18th July 2023, 4:00pm | Wednesday 26th July 2023, 4:00pm | One last date in August (TBC).
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The Bachelor in Physics is taught in English. This degree programme develops critical thinking, rigour and creativity, preparing students for present and future industry needs.

With a strong foundation in physics and mathematics, the Bachelor in Physics encourages critical thinking, problem solving and innovation. Students are prepared for further study or international careers in engineering science or in the many different fields of physics.

Over three years, students will take part in lectures, problem solving sessions, laboratory sessions, projects, internship, written technical reports and oral presentations. A language course has been integrated to expand students’ capacity in this area, which will prepare them for further study or international careers in physics. History of sciences, career planning and introduction to engineering courses are also part of this programme. The numerous laboratory sessions and the hands-on projects help students to understand the concepts studied, and train them as future scientists and experimenters.

The programme faculty are all internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience.

The Sciences and Engineering Department maintains close collaborations with the Masdar Institute, Cleveland Clinic, the UAE Space Agency, FANR and other institutions and companies, which will increase our student’s exposure to real-world expectations and interests.

The Bachelor in Physics helps students launch successful careers in engineering, research and development, teaching and other professions. Jobs can include an engineering associate or research assistant in a laboratory, work for a government institute or major industrial firm, journalists in science and popular science and a sales representative for technical products. This degree provides graduates with several options to pursue further academic studies at Sorbonne University in Paris or any other relevant postgraduate programme in the UAE and abroad.

First Year

  • Mathematics (single variable analysis and introduction to multivariable analysis, linear algebra, probability)
  • Physics (classical physics, optics, electrokinetics, hydrostatics and thermodynamics)
  • Active Science
  • Introduction into the world of work
  • Computer science
  • French for non francophone students or German, Arabic, Chinese or Italian for francophone students 

Second Year

  • Mathematics (sequences and series of functions, multivariable analysis, differential and partial differential equations, operator analysis)
  • Physics (mechanics and advanced mechanics, Special Relativity, thermodynamics, waves, electromagnetism, experimental physics)
  • Numerical physics
  • French for non francophone students or German, Arabic, Chinese or Italian for francophone students

Third Year

  • Mathematics (Fourier and Laplace transforms, complex analysis and theory of distributions)
  • Physics (electromagnetism and optics, quantum physics, continuum mechanics, thermostatistics, astrophysics, experimental and numerical physics)
  • Introduction into the world of work
  • French for non francophone students or German, Arabic, Chinese or Italian for francophone students
  • Mandatory internship: 4 to 5 weeks
Admission to this programme is very selective; the following are the minimal criteria to apply for admission into its foundation year:

  • High-School with a minimum average of 80%; (General Stream); 75% (Advanced stream/ Elite Stream/ Science stream or equivalent)
  • Recent EmSAT-Math with a minimum score of 800(Following MOE regulations, the EmSAT exam is required for specific applicants; please refer to the MOE’s website for more details)
  • Recent EmSAT-English with a Minimum score of 1250, or valid Academic-IELTS 5.5, or valid TOEFL-IBT 71

All candidates will be required to sit for a placement exam administered by the University before being considered for a conditional admission in the Science programmes.

All admissions in the Science programmes are conditional on the successful completion of the Foundation Year in Sciences.

Only applicants holding a French Baccalaureate are eligible, provided they meet specific requirements, to be considered for direct entry in the programmes. Such applicants might be required to sit a specifically designed placement test.

Admission is subject to capacity constraints. Applicant might, therefore, be placed on waiting list.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: for more details.

Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)
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HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply

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Tel: +971 (0) 2 656 9104/9342