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 highlevel research, analytical and problemsolving 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 nonspecialist audiences; (6) plan, execute, and report the results of an experiment in a research environment; and (7) writeup 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 midyear
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):
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  Unit rules 

S1, S2  PHYS4001  Dissertation in Physics Part 1   Prerequisites:
 enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics

S1, S2  PHYS4002  Dissertation in Physics Part 2   Prerequisites:
 enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics

S1, S2  PHYS4003  Dissertation in Physics Part 3   Prerequisites:
 enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics

S1, S2  PHYS4004  Dissertation in Physics Part 4   Prerequisites:
 enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics

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

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

S1  PHYS4415  Special 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

S2  PHYS4417  Special 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

S1  PHYS4418  Special 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

S2  PHYS5513  Advanced Topics in Astrophysics   Prerequisites:
 PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics

S1  SHPC4001  Principles 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:
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  Unit rules 

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

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

S1  PHYS4415  Special 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

S2  PHYS4417  Special 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

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

S2  SHPC4002  High 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:
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  Unit rules 

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

S2  MECH4424  Measurement and Noise   Prerequisites:
 enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation);
for pre2012 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

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

S1  PHYS4415  Special 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

S2  PHYS4417  Special 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

S2  PHYS5020  Advanced Topics in Experimental Physics   Prerequisites:
 PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental Physics

Medical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
The Medical Physics specialisation of Honours in Physics is not accredited by the ACPSEM, and only Master of Physics (Medical Physics) program has accreditation.
Availability  Unit code  Unit name  Unit rules 

N/A  ANHB5451  Human 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  MATH4403  Advanced Mathematics 1   Prerequisites:
 a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (
or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University ( or equivalent)

S1  PHYS4415  Special 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

S2  PHYS4417  Special 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

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

S1, S2  PUBH4401  Biostatistics I   Prerequisites:
 enrolment in honours
or postgraduate courses

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

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

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

S1  PHYS4010  Special Topics in Theoretical Physics   Prerequisites:
 completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or equivalent  Corequisites:
 MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1
or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics

S1  PHYS4415  Special 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

S2  PHYS4417  Special 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

S2  PHYS5010  Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics   Prerequisites:
 PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics, MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1
or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics  Corequisites:
 MATH5540 Advanced Mathematics 2
or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
