Honours in Physics

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

Honours sequence

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

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

Take all units (24 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2PHYS4001Dissertation in Physics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
S1, S2PHYS4002Dissertation in Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
S1, S2PHYS4003Dissertation in Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
S1, S2PHYS4004Dissertation in Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
Astronomy and Astrophysics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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)
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
S2PHYS5513Advanced Topics in Astrophysics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific Computation
Prerequisites:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (
or
equivalent);
and
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (
or
equivalent)
Computational Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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)
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
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—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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)
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
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
S2PHYS5020Advanced Topics in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental Physics
Medical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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
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)
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
S2PHYS5403Radiotherapy Physics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
or
the Master of Medical Physics (51630)
or
Honours in Physics
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours
or
postgraduate courses
Theoretical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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)
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
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
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