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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 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 title
- Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- MPhys
- Course code
- 53560
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework and dissertation
- Status
- current / 2020
- Administered by
- Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
- CRICOS code
- 077499J
Course details
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year and mid-year
- Attendance type
- full-time 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 full-time load is 24 points per semester. - Standard course duration
- 1.5 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 duration
- 2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
- Professional accreditation
- Master of Physics (coursework and dissertation) 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 HECS-HELP
- 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
SP-ASTPH Astronomy and Astrophysics
SP-CMPPH Computational Physics
SP-EXPPH Experimental Physics
SP-MEDPH Medical Physics
SP-THEPH Theoretical Physics
Course structure
Key to availability of units: |
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S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2 |
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Students who have not completed a major in Physics from this University, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by the Faculty, may be required to complete conversion units up to the value of 24 points.
Students who have completed degree studies in a non-cognate area, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty.
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 |
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S1, S2 | CITS1401 | Computational Thinking with Python |
| lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week; workshop: 1 hour per week |
S2 | 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 | The Physics of Particles | Lectures: average 3 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week; Project/Laboratory Work: 18 hours per semester (6 x 3 hours) | |
S1 | PHYS3001 | Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics | lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester | |
S2 | PHYS3002 | Electrodynamics and Relativity | Lectures: average 3 hours per week; Workshops: 12 hours per semester; Project/Laboratory Work: 24 hours per semester | |
S1 | PHYS3003 | Astrophysics and Space Science |
| lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester |
S2 | PHYS3004 | Advanced Quantum Mechanics |
| lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week |
S1 | PHYS3011 | Mathematical Physics | lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester | |
S2 | PHYS3012 | Frontiers in Modern Physics | lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester |
Take all units (24 points):
Availability | Unitcode | Unitname | Unit requirements | Contact hours |
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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. |
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 |
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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 |
| |
S2 | PHYS5010 | Electrodynamics and Differential Geometry |
| 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 | SHPC4001 | Computational Methods for Physics |
| lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; practical classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
S2 | SHPC4002 | Advanced Computational Physics |
| lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week |
Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation
Take all units (48 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 | 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 |
| |
S2 | PHYS5510 | Special Topics in Physics II |
| Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
S2 | PHYS5513 | Computational Statistics for Physics |
| |
S1, S2 | PHYS5562 | Research Proposal in Astronomy and Astrophysics |
| |
S1, S2 | PHYS5563 | Dissertation in Astronomy and Astrophysics |
| |
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 (48 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 | PHYS4415 | Special Topics in Physics I |
| Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 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) |
S2 | PHYS5510 | Special Topics in Physics II |
| Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
S2 | PHYS5513 | Computational Statistics for Physics |
| |
S1 | SHPC4001 | Computational Methods for Physics |
| lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; practical classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
S2 | SHPC4002 | Advanced Computational Physics |
| lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week |
Experimental Physics specialisation
Take all units (48 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 | 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 |
| |
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 |
| |
S2 | PHYS5510 | Special Topics in Physics II |
| Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
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 (48 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) |
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 (48 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 | 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 |
| |
S2 | PHYS5010 | Electrodynamics and Differential Geometry |
| lectures:3 x 45 minutes per week; practical classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
S1, S2 | PHYS5015 | Research Proposal in Theoretical 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 | PHYS5016 | Dissertation in Theoretical 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) |
S2 | PHYS5510 | Special Topics in Physics II |
| Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week. |
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 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:
- SP-ASTPH Astronomy and Astrophysics
- SP-CMPPH Computational Physics
- SP-EXPPH Experimental Physics
- SP-MEDPH Medical Physics
- SP-THEPH 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 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.(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.
Additional rules
Substitution
13. The Faculty, 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'.