Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation)

This course consists of an equal combination of advanced coursework and a research project and dissertation. The research project is undertaken as part of an internationally recognised research group. Students develop a combination of high-level research, analytical and problem-solving skills which are highly valued by industry and government employers. For students wishing to continue to a PhD, the Master of Physics provides an outstanding preparation.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MPhys
Course code
53560
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
CRICOS code
077499J

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full-time only
Articulation
The Master of Physics has the following exit award: 52360 Graduate Diploma in Physics (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Grasso
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1CITS4402Computer Vision
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Master of Professional Engineering; Honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering; Master of Physics; Master of Data Science; for pre-2012 courses: enrolment in honours or a higher degree by coursework in Computer Science and Software Engineering
Incompatibility:
CITS4240 Computer Vision
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering; for Software Engineering specialisation: MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent); for pre-2012 courses: [(MATH2020 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra and MATH2209 Calculus and Probability) or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2] and (CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation or CITS1005 Computing for Engineers and Scientists)
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: GENG2140 Modelling and Computer Analysis for Engineers
S1, S2GENG5507Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Physics; for pre-2012 courses: MATH1010 Calculus and Linear Algebra or MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability or MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or equivalent. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
N/AGEOP4001Exploration Seismology
Prerequisites:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent) and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1
Prerequisites:
a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S2MATH5540Advanced Mathematics 2
Prerequisites:
a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S2MECH4424Measurement and Noise
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics or MATH2020 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra) and (MECH1401 Engineering Dynamics or ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines) and (CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation or GENG2140 Modelling and Computer Analysis for Engineers)
Incompatibility:
MCTX3420 Mechatronics Design
S1PHYS4010Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
Co-requisites:
MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S1PHYS4020Special Topics in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics III
Prerequisites:
PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S1PHYS4418Special Topics in Astrophysics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or the Astronomy and Astrophysics major, or equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHYS7441 Special Topics in Physics IV
S2PHYS5010Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics, MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Co-requisites:
MATH5540 Advanced Mathematics 2 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S1PHYS5401Medical Imaging Physics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) or the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or Honours in Physics or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550)
S2PHYS5402Radiation Biology and Protection
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) or the Master of Medical Physics (51630)
S1PHYS5404Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) or the Master of Medical Physics (51630)
S2PHYS5513Advanced Topics in Astrophysics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific Computation
Prerequisites:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (or equivalent); and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
S2SHPC4002High Performance Computing
Prerequisites:
SHPC4001 Principles of Scientific Computation or equivalent
Incompatibility:
CITS3402 High Performance Computing

Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1PHYS4418Special Topics in Astrophysics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or the Astronomy and Astrophysics major, or equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHYS7441 Special Topics in Physics IV
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
Co-requisites:
PHYS5014 Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5024 Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4 or PHYS5034 Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4 or PHYS5434 Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
S2PHYS5513Advanced Topics in Astrophysics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics
S1, S2PHYS5558Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
Co-requisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5559Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
S1, S2PHYS5560Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
S1, S2PHYS5561Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)

Computational Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
Co-requisites:
PHYS5014 Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5024 Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4 or PHYS5034 Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4 or PHYS5434 Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
S1, S2PHYS5031Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
Co-requisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5032Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1, S2PHYS5033Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1, S2PHYS5034Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific Computation
Prerequisites:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (or equivalent); and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
S2SHPC4002High Performance Computing
Prerequisites:
SHPC4001 Principles of Scientific Computation or equivalent
Incompatibility:
CITS3402 High Performance Computing

Experimental Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1PHYS4020Special Topics in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
Co-requisites:
PHYS5014 Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5024 Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4 or PHYS5034 Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4 or PHYS5434 Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
S2PHYS5020Advanced Topics in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental Physics
S1, S2PHYS5021Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
Co-requisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5022Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1, S2PHYS5023Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1, S2PHYS5024Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics

Medical Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AANHB5451Human Biology for Medical Physicists
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or the Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) (53560) or honours in Physics
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
Co-requisites:
PHYS5014 Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5024 Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4 or PHYS5034 Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4 or PHYS5434 Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
S2PHYS5403Radiotherapy Physics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) or the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or Honours in Physics
S1, S2PHYS5431Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) with a specialisation in Medical Physics
Co-requisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5432Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) with a specialisation in Medical Physics
S1, S2PHYS5433Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) with a specialisation in Medical Physics
S1, S2PHYS5434Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) with a specialisation in Medical Physics

Theoretical Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1PHYS4010Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
Co-requisites:
MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
Co-requisites:
PHYS5014 Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5024 Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4 or PHYS5034 Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4 or PHYS5434 Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4 or PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
S2PHYS5010Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics, MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Co-requisites:
MATH5540 Advanced Mathematics 2 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S1, S2PHYS5011Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
Co-requisites:
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5012Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1, S2PHYS5013Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics
S1, S2PHYS5014Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(b) an honours degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 52360 Graduate Diploma in Physics (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Physics course before completing it, but after completion of 36 points of core units from within a single specialisation and 12 points of option units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Physics.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelors degree with a major in Physics and Mathematics or equivalent are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the third time are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Substitution

13. The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Physics, may permit a student to substitute a relevant unit outside the School for one of the Level 4 Special Topics units in Group A of the Master of Physical Science core units.