Master of Science in Physics

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Physics encompasses both the foundational and the practical. It provides the basis for understanding the Universe and underpins many of our current technologies, e.g., wifi, next generation electronics, medical imaging, quantum computing, and complex systems, to name a few.

From atom to device and from molecule to organism, physics has a critical role to play in 21st century society. With our new specialised Master of Science in Physics degree you will become a highly trained scientist, with the tools and creative insights to make your own discoveries and the adaptability to navigate a rapidly changing technological world.

Our new Master’s degree is delivered by the School of Physics and Astronomy, a world leader in ground-breaking Physics and Astronomy research.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Our two-year program comprises advanced coursework and a research project leading to a major thesis in: observational astronomy, computational astrophysics, experimental physics, computational or theoretical physics.

Physicists use their knowledge and training in diverse careers including: macromolecular biology and drug design, medical imaging, synchrotron science, design of advanced materials, photonics, optoelectronics and lasers, climate modelling and meteorology, medical and scientific instrumentation, the energy industry, solar power, industrial product development, science teaching, and science communication.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our graduates find employment in industry, hospitals and scientific organisations; recent examples include: Agilent, Optiscan, the Alfred Hospital, the Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the EPA, and many other organisations. Many of our Master’s graduates proceed to further study, enrolling in a research Doctorate.

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COURSE STRUCTURE

The degree offers a wide choice of advanced coursework units and a research project.

Coursework units can be chosen from:

  • Quantum mechanics (compulsory), Advanced quantum mechanics
  • Quantum fluids and many body theory
  • Quantum field theory I and II, particle physics, classical electrodynamics
  • Quantum information and quantum computing
  • Condensed matter physics I and II, statistical mechanics
  • Advanced statistical mechanics and critical phenomena
  • X-ray optics, atom and quantum optics
  • General relativity and cosmology, advanced observational astronomy
  • Computational astrophysics, Magnetohydrodynamics I and II
  • Exoplanets, stars and stellar processes, high energy astrophysics
  • Digital image processing, data science.

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YEAR 1

Semester 1

PHS4020

Physics coursework A (12 points)

PHS4021

Physics coursework B (12 points)


YEAR 1

Semester 2

PHS4000

Physics research project (24 points)


YEAR 2

Semester 1

PHS5020

Advanced physics coursework A (12 points)

PHS5021

Advanced physics coursework B(12 points)


YEAR 2

Semester 2

PHS5000

Advanced physics research project (24 points)


Legend

Part A: Advanced studies
Part B: Research project
Part C: Extended technical studies
Part D: Advanced research project

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry level 1:
96 points to complete.

Duration:
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

An undergraduate degree (equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree) with a major in physics or a related discipline with at least a 65% average or qualification/experience that the faculty considers to be equivalent.


Entry level 2:
48 points to complete.

Duration:
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

A four-year Australian honours degree (or equivalent) with a major in physics or a related discipline with at least 65% average or qualification/experience or a satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent.


OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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