Honours in Physics 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.You will develop a combination of high-level research, analytical and problem-solving skills which are highly valued by industry and government employers. If you wish to continue to a PhD, Honours in Physics provides an outstanding preparation.

** Outcomes:** Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental laws and principles of physics, along with their application, including recent developments; (2) understand and use the mathematical tools required to model the physical world; (3) do theoretical calculations, use advanced laboratory techniques including computer interfacing, perform numerical and symbolic computations (depending upon the specialisation); (4) review the scientific literature in the area of study; (5) communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences; (6) plan, execute, and report the results of an experiment in a research environment; and (7) write-up the results of the research in a form suitable for publication.

** Entry requirements:** the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in four Level 3 Physics units of the Physics major, comprising the core units PHYS3002 Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics, PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics, along with either PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics or PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science.

** Intake periods:** Beginning of year and mid-year

Key to availability of units: |

S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017 |

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

Take all units (24 points): | |||
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Availability | Unit code | Unit name | Unit rules |

S1, S2 | PHYS4001 | Dissertation in Physics Part 1 | : enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Prerequisites |

S1, S2 | PHYS4002 | Dissertation in Physics Part 2 | : enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Prerequisites |

S1, S2 | PHYS4003 | Dissertation in Physics Part 3 | : enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Prerequisites |

S1, S2 | PHYS4004 | Dissertation in Physics Part 4 | : enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Prerequisites |

Astronomy and Astrophysics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points: | |||
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Availability | Unit code | Unit name | Unit rules |

S1 | MATH4403 | Advanced Mathematics 1 | : a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S1 | PHYS4415 | Special Topics in Physics I | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS4417 | Special Topics in Physics III | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S1 | PHYS4418 | Special Topics in Astrophysics | : completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or the Astronomy and Astrophysics major, or equivalentPrerequisites: PHYS7441 Special Topics in Physics IVIncompatibility |

S2 | PHYS5513 | Advanced Topics in Astrophysics | : PHYS4418 Special Topics in AstrophysicsPrerequisites |

S1 | SHPC4001 | Principles of Scientific Computation | : MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (or equivalent); and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

Computational Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points: | |||
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Availability | Unit code | Unit name | Unit rules |

N/A | GEOP4001 | Exploration Seismology | : PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent) and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S1 | MATH4403 | Advanced Mathematics 1 | : a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S1 | PHYS4415 | Special Topics in Physics I | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS4417 | Special Topics in Physics III | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S1 | SHPC4001 | Principles of Scientific Computation | : MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (or equivalent); and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S2 | SHPC4002 | High Performance Computing | : SHPC4001 Principles of Scientific Computation or equivalentPrerequisites: CITS3402 High Performance ComputingIncompatibility |

Experimental Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points: | |||
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Availability | Unit code | Unit name | Unit rules |

S1 | MATH4403 | Advanced Mathematics 1 | : a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S2 | MECH4424 | Measurement and Noise | : enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation); Prerequisitesfor 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): MCTX3420 Mechatronics DesignIncompatibility |

S1 | PHYS4020 | Special Topics in Experimental Physics | : completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalentPrerequisites |

S1 | PHYS4415 | Special Topics in Physics I | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS4417 | Special Topics in Physics III | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS5020 | Advanced Topics in Experimental Physics | : PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental PhysicsPrerequisites |

Medical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points: | |||
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Availability | Unit code | Unit name | Unit rules |

N/A | ANHB5451 | Human Biology for Medical Physicists | : enrolment in the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or the Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) (53560) or honours in PhysicsPrerequisites |

S1 | MATH4403 | Advanced Mathematics 1 | : a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S1 | PHYS4415 | Special Topics in Physics I | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS4417 | Special Topics in Physics III | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS5403 | Radiotherapy Physics | : enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) or the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or Honours in PhysicsPrerequisites |

S1, S2 | PUBH4401 | Biostatistics I | : enrolment in honours or postgraduate coursesPrerequisites |

Theoretical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points: | |||
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Availability | Unit code | Unit name | Unit rules |

S1 | MATH4403 | Advanced Mathematics 1 | : a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S2 | MATH5540 | Advanced Mathematics 2 | : a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)Prerequisites |

S1 | PHYS4010 | Special Topics in Theoretical Physics | : completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalentPrerequisites: MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and StatisticsCo-requisites |

S1 | PHYS4415 | Special Topics in Physics I | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS4417 | Special Topics in Physics III | : 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 equivalentPrerequisites |

S2 | PHYS5010 | Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics | : PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics, MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and StatisticsPrerequisites: MATH5540 Advanced Mathematics 2 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and StatisticsCo-requisites |