Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation)
This course consists of a combination of advanced coursework, a research project and a dissertation. The research project is undertaken as part of an internationally recognised research group. Students develop a combination of highlevel research, analytical and problemsolving 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 / 2022
 Administered by
 Physics, Mathematics and Computing
 CRICOS code
 087902J
Course details
 Intake periods
 Beginning of year and midyear
 Attendance type
 fulltime 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 fulltime load is 24 points per semester.  Standard course duration
 1.5 years fulltime (or equivalent parttime) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the School
 Maximum course duration
 2 years fulltime (or equivalent parttime) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
 Professional accreditation
 Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation)(Medical Physics) 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 HECSHELP
 Available to international students
 Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
 Course Coordinator(s)
 Professor Li Ju
 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.
Specialisations
SPASTPH Astronomy and Astrophysics
SPCMPPH Computational Physics
SPEXPPH Experimental Physics
SPMEDPH Medical Physics
SPTHEPH Theoretical Physics
Course structure
Key to availability of units: 

S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022 
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.
Students who have not completed a major in Physics from this University, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by the School, may be required to complete conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group:
Note: Students take conversion units relevant to their chosen specialisation in the Master of Physics. Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1, S2  CITS1401  Computational Thinking with Python 
 Lectures: 2hours per week; Labs: 2hours per week; WorkshopS: 1hour per week 
S1  MATH2501  Advanced Mathematical Methods 
 lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week 
S1  PHYS2001  Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism 
 labs: 6 x 3 hours; lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week 
S2  PHYS2002  Many Particle Systems  Lectures: average 3 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week; Project/Laboratory Work: 18 hours per semester (6 x 3 hours)  
N/A  PHYS2003  Physics for Electrical Engineers 
 Lectures: 3hours per week; Laboratory: 6 x 3 hours; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S1  PHYS3001  Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics  Lectures: average 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week; Project/Lab Work: 24hours per semester  
S2  PHYS3002  Electrodynamics and Relativity  Lectures: average 3hours per week; Workshops: 12hours per semester; Project/Laboratory Work: 24hours per semester  
S1  PHYS3003  Astrophysics and Space Science  Practical Classes: 2hours per week; Project/Lab Work: 3hours per week  
S1  PHYS3005  Quantum Computation 
 
S2  PHYS3011  Mathematical Physics  Lectures: average 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week; Project/Lab Work: 24hours per semester  
S2  PHYS3012  Topics in Contemporary Physics  Lectures: average 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week; Project/Lab work: 24hours per semester  
S2  PHYS3101  Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Technology 
 Lectures: average 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
Take all units (24 points):
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1, S2  PHYS5301  Physics Research Project Part 1 
 Students should work on their research projects and meet with their supervisors during the semester to discuss their progress and research outcome. Students should spend at least 150 hours on research for this unit. 
S1, S2  PHYS5302  Physics Research Project Part 2 
 Students should work on their research projects and meet with their supervisors during the semester to discuss their progress and research outcome. Students should spend at least 150 hours on research for this unit. 
S1, S2  PHYS5303  Physics Research Project Part 3 
 Students should work on their research projects and meet with their supervisors during the semester to discuss their progress and research outcome. Students should spend at least 150 hours on research for this unit. 
S1, S2  PHYS5304  Physics Research Project Part 4 
 Students should work on their research projects and meet with their supervisors during the semester to discuss their progress and research outcome. Students should spend at least 150 hours on research for this unit. 
Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation
Take all units (36 points):
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S2  PHYS4418  Cosmological Physics 
 
S1  PHYS4419  Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics 
 Lectures: 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS5513  Computational Statistics for Physics 
 
S1  PHYS5514  Radio Astronomy and the Interstellar Medium 
 Lectures: 4hours per week; Laboratory work: 6hours 
S1, S2  PHYS5562  Research Proposal in Astronomy and Astrophysics 
 
S1, S2  PHYS5563  Dissertation in Astronomy and Astrophysics 

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Note: Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4010  Symmetry Principles in Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1  PHYS4020  Frontiers in Experimental Physics 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1  PHYS4021  Quantum Information and Computing 
 Lectures/Workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week 
S1  PHYS4415  Special Topics in Physics I 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS4420  Gravitational Wave and High Energy Astronomy 
 Lectures: 2hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS5010  Differential Geometry and General Relativity 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5020  Quantum Measurement and Technology 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5510  Special Topics in Physics II 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1, S2  PHYS5512  Physics Reading Unit 
 Weekly discussion sessions 
S1  SHPC4001  Computational Methods for Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week 
Computational Physics specialisation
Take all units (24 points):
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4021  Quantum Information and Computing 
 Lectures/Workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week 
S1, S2  PHYS5035  Research Proposal in Computational Physics 
 Average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors throughout the semester to define the content of the literature review and research proposal) 
S1, S2  PHYS5036  Dissertation in Computational Physics 
 Average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors during the semester to discuss the contents of their final thesis and oral defence) 
S1  SHPC4001  Computational Methods for Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week 
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Note: Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4010  Symmetry Principles in Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1  PHYS4020  Frontiers in Experimental Physics 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1  PHYS4415  Special Topics in Physics I 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS4418  Cosmological Physics 
 
S1  PHYS4419  Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics 
 Lectures: 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS4420  Gravitational Wave and High Energy Astronomy 
 Lectures: 2hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS5010  Differential Geometry and General Relativity 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5020  Quantum Measurement and Technology 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5510  Special Topics in Physics II 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1, S2  PHYS5512  Physics Reading Unit 
 Weekly discussion sessions 
S2  PHYS5513  Computational Statistics for Physics 
 
S1  PHYS5514  Radio Astronomy and the Interstellar Medium 
 Lectures: 4hours per week; Laboratory work: 6hours 
Experimental Physics specialisation
Take all units (24 points):
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4020  Frontiers in Experimental Physics 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5020  Quantum Measurement and Technology 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1, S2  PHYS5025  Research Proposal in Experimental Physics 
 Average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors throughout the semester to define the content of the literature review and research proposal) 
S1, S2  PHYS5026  Dissertation in Experimental Physics 

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Note: Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4010  Symmetry Principles in Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1  PHYS4021  Quantum Information and Computing 
 Lectures/Workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week 
S1  PHYS4415  Special Topics in Physics I 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS4418  Cosmological Physics 
 
S1  PHYS4419  Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics 
 Lectures: 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS4420  Gravitational Wave and High Energy Astronomy 
 Lectures: 2hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS5010  Differential Geometry and General Relativity 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5510  Special Topics in Physics II 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1, S2  PHYS5512  Physics Reading Unit 
 Weekly discussion sessions 
S2  PHYS5513  Computational Statistics for Physics 
 
S1  PHYS5514  Radio Astronomy and the Interstellar Medium 
 Lectures: 4hours per week; Laboratory work: 6hours 
S1  SHPC4001  Computational Methods for Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week 
Medical Physics specialisation
Take all units (42 points):
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1, S2  ANHB5451  Anatomy and Biology for Medical Physicists 
 This unit is taught online 
S1  PHYS5401  Medical Imaging Physics 
 2  4 hours per week plus one hour of practicals per week 
S2  PHYS5402  Radiation Biology and Protection 
 2  3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks 
S2  PHYS5403  Radiotherapy Physics 
 2  3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks. 
S1  PHYS5404  Radiation Physics and Dosimetry 
 2  3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks 
S1, S2  PHYS5435  Research Proposal in Medical Physics 
 Average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors during the semester to discuss the contents of their research proposal and literature review) 
S1, S2  PHYS5436  Dissertation in Medical Physics 
 Average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors during the semester to discuss the contents of their final thesis and oral defence) 
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Note: Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  CITS4402  Computer Vision 
 
S1  CITS5508  Machine Learning 
 lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week for 11 weeks from week 2 
S1  PHYS4021  Quantum Information and Computing 
 Lectures/Workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week 
S1, S2  PHYS5512  Physics Reading Unit 
 Weekly discussion sessions 
S2  PHYS5513  Computational Statistics for Physics 
 
S1, S2  PUBH4401  Biostatistics I 
 lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week 
S1  SHPC4001  Computational Methods for Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week 
Theoretical Physics specialisation
Take all units (24 points):
Note: Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4010  Symmetry Principles in Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5010  Differential Geometry and General Relativity 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1, S2  PHYS5015  Research Proposal in Theoretical Physics 
 Average 1hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors throughout the semester to define the content of the literature review and research proposal) 
S1, S2  PHYS5016  Dissertation in Theoretical Physics 
 Average 1hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors during the semester to discuss the contents of their final thesis and oral defence) 
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Note: Students who do not require 24 points of conversion may substitute conversion units with optional units up to the value of 24 points.
Availability  Unitcode  Unitname  Unit requirements  Contact hours 

S1  PHYS4020  Frontiers in Experimental Physics 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1  PHYS4021  Quantum Information and Computing 
 Lectures/Workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week 
S1  PHYS4415  Special Topics in Physics I 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS4418  Cosmological Physics 
 
S1  PHYS4419  Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics 
 Lectures: 3hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS4420  Gravitational Wave and High Energy Astronomy 
 Lectures: 2hours per week; Practical Classes: 1hour per week 
S2  PHYS5020  Quantum Measurement and Technology 
 Lectures: 2 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 2 x 45 minutes per week. 
S2  PHYS5510  Special Topics in Physics II 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. 
S1, S2  PHYS5512  Physics Reading Unit 
 Weekly discussion sessions 
S2  PHYS5513  Computational Statistics for Physics 
 
S1  PHYS5514  Radio Astronomy and the Interstellar Medium 
 Lectures: 4hours per week; Laboratory work: 6hours 
S1  SHPC4001  Computational Methods for Physics 
 Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week 
See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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 School 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 :
 SPASTPH Astronomy and Astrophysics
 SPCMPPH Computational Physics
 SPEXPPH Experimental Physics
 SPMEDPH Medical Physics
 SPTHEPH Theoretical Physics
(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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 which is calculated based on—
(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.
Deferrals
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).
Additional rules
Substitution
14. The School, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, Physics, may permit a student to substitute a relevant unit outside the School for one of the core Special Topics in Physics units'.