UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course titleMaster of Physics (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMPhys
Course code53560
Course typemaster's degree by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code077499J
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull-time only
ArticulationThe Master of Physics has the following exit award: 52360 Graduate Diploma in Physics (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 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 duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditationMaster of Physics (coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Darren Grasso

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

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:

S1CITS4402Computer Vision
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S1, S2GENG5507Risk, Reliability and Safety
N/AGEOP4001Exploration Seismology
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1
S2MATH5540Advanced Mathematics 2
S2MECH4424Measurement and Noise
S1PHYS4010Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
S1PHYS4020Special Topics in Experimental Physics
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics III
S1PHYS4418Special Topics in Astrophysics
S2PHYS5010Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
S1PHYS5401Medical Imaging Physics
S2PHYS5402Radiation Biology and Protection
S1PHYS5404Radiation Physics
S2PHYS5513Advanced Topics in Astrophysics
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific Computation
S2SHPC4002High Performance Computing

Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1PHYS4418Special Topics in Astrophysics
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
S2PHYS5513Advanced Topics in Astrophysics
S1, S2PHYS5558Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 1
S1, S2PHYS5559Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 2
S1, S2PHYS5560Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 3
S1, S2PHYS5561Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4

Computational Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
S1, S2PHYS5031Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 1
S1, S2PHYS5032Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 2
S1, S2PHYS5033Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 3
S1, S2PHYS5034Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific Computation
S2SHPC4002High Performance Computing

Experimental Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1PHYS4020Special Topics in Experimental Physics
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
S2PHYS5020Advanced Topics in Experimental Physics
S1, S2PHYS5021Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 1
S1, S2PHYS5022Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 2
S1, S2PHYS5023Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 3
S1, S2PHYS5024Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4

Medical Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

N/AANHB5451Human Biology for Medical Physicists
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
S2PHYS5403Radiotherapy Physics
S1, S2PHYS5431Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 1
S1, S2PHYS5432Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 2
S1, S2PHYS5433Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 3
S1, S2PHYS5434Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4

Theoretical Physics specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1PHYS4010Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
S1, S2PHYS5001Physics Research Project Development
S1, S2PHYS5002Physics Research Presentation
S2PHYS5010Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
S1, S2PHYS5011Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 1
S1, S2PHYS5012Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 2
S1, S2PHYS5013Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 3
S1, S2PHYS5014Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 6 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

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.