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, comprised of the core units PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity, along with any two of PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics, PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science, PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics, and PHYS3004 Advanced Quantum Mechanics.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (24 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2PHYS4001Dissertation 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, S2PHYS4002Dissertation 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, S2PHYS4003Dissertation 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, S2PHYS4004Dissertation 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:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4020Frontiers in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS4418Cosmological Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5513Computational Statistics for Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
Computational Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4010Symmetry Principles in Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5513Computational Statistics for Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2SHPC4002Advanced Computational Physics
Prerequisites:
SHPC4001 Computational Methods for Physics and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
Incompatibility:
CITS3402 High Performance Computing
Experimental Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4020Frontiers in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS4418Cosmological Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5020Quantum Measurement and Technology
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent
and
PHYS4020 Frontiers in Experimental Physics
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
Theoretical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4010Symmetry Principles in Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS4418Cosmological Physics
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5010Electrodynamics and Differential Geometry
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.