University of Melbourne

Melbourne Graduate School of Science

Master of Science (Physics)


The University of Melbourne

Room 104, Ground Floor

Parkville, New South 3010


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science (Physics)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

It is an exciting time to be studying physics in the 21st century: it is an enabling science that expands our knowledge of the universe and underpins new technologies that benefit our society. The School of Physics is well established and is internationally respected for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and a challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience. Our programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle and experimental particle physics explore questions relating to the origin, evolution and fate of our universe, addressing some of the most important and fundamental problems of our age. Research collaborations include the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, the LIGO gravitational wave detector, and the MWA low frequency radio telescope. The School has strengths in the exploration of matter and light interactions, particularly in advanced materials utilising diamond and silicon, quantum information science, photonics, advanced electron microscopy, nanoscale imaging, nanoelectronics, all the way down to the single atom and photon. Working closely with the Australian Synchrotron, the School hosts the Centre for Coherent X-Ray Science, and the Victorian node of the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology. Students entering this stream are expected to list a minimum of three supervisors from a minimum of two different research areas/groups in order of preference as part of the application process. For current projects and research in this discipline, please download the School of Physics Research projects information booklet. Course structure The Master of Science - Physics offers students an exciting array of topics, designed to prepare students for a career as a professional physicist and beyond. Delivery mode and duration This is a 2 year full-time course, and is available part-time. All program subjects are delivered on-campus (Parkville). Mid-year entry is available. Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a major in an appropriate discipline with at least an H3 (65%) in the major, or equivalent. Suggested preparation The following subjects taken at final undergraduate year level are recommended: Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Statistical Physics and either laboratory work and/or computational physics and/or mathematics. Please note that for students whose preparation is missing some of the above key elements, the Physics program allows the flexibility to "catch-up" on some final undergraduate level subjects within the Master of Science. How to apply It is required that you pre-arrange your research project supervisor prior to applying. The find an expert website will assist in this process. Career prospects Graduates from the Master of Science (Physics) will have strong problem solving, computer IT and analytical skills that are highly regarded by employers in banking and finance, business, health, government and education sectors. Graduates may seek employment in diverse areas including: •Research & Development •Manufacturing •Government •Scientific •Business •Education Master of Science (Physics) graduates will also be well prepared to undertake a career as a physicist in academia and research through further graduate studies at PhD level in the School of Physics.


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