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The information provided on this page is to help guide you in selecting units at Level 3 in the Areas of Study: Physics and Astrophysics.
It is most likely you will take these units in your third year of study at Monash. However, there may be a number of reasons for taking these units in other years. For example, if you are taking a double degree you might spread these units across your third and fourth year of study.
For all the rules around the award of a minor, major or extended major in these subjects you should see the entry for the relevant Area of Study in the Handbook:
For detailed information about any unit (including such information as prerequisites) you should see the unit's entry in the Handbook (direct links are provided below).
We'll describe the minimum required to gain a major, but don't let that stop you taking more physics or astrophysics units! You can always aim for an extended major (for details see the Physics Area of Study in the Handbook) or simply take more units because you are interested in them - a really good reason to choose units.
For a major in physics you must pass at least three of the following Level 3 physics units:
* PHS3031 is highly recommended - it is a prerequisite for PHS3062 and PHS3142, and it is one of the requirements for progression to Honours.
To complete a major in physics you need to pass a total of four units beyond the two core second year units (PHS2061 and PHS2062). The fourth unit may come from those listed above, or from the following list:
We'll describe the minimum required to gain a major, but don't let that stop you taking more astrophysics or physics units! You can always aim for an extended major (for details see the Astrophysics Area of Study in the Handbook) or simply take more units because you are interested in them - a really good reason to choose units.
To complete a Major in Astrophysics you must pass four of the following Level 3 astrophysics units.
Semester 1 or 2
Students have a great diversity of backgrounds and aspirations. Monash offers a large variety of study options. So, after reading the information on the Study at Monash web pages, in the Handbook, and the advice here, you may still have further questions.