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 Atomic Physics And PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity, along with any two of PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics Or PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science Or PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics Or PHYS3005 Quantum Computation.

the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in four Level 3 Physics units of the Frontier Physics double major, comprised of:

PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics Or PHYS3100 Electrodynamics, Special and General Relativity Or PHYS3005 Quantum Computation Or PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics Or PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics Or PHYS3101 Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Technology.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours in Physics can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

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 HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours] and a completed major in Physics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2PHYS4002Dissertation in Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours] and a completed major in Physics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2PHYS4003Dissertation in Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours] and a completed major in Physics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2PHYS4004Dissertation in Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours] and a completed major in Physics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4020Frontiers in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
or
Course Enrolment in the ( 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS4418Cosmological Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1PHYS4419Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics
Prerequisites:
( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent ) and ( Course Enrolment in the 53560 Master of Physics
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS4420Gravitational Wave and High Energy Astronomy
Prerequisites:
( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent ) and ( Course Enrolment in the 53560 Master of Physics
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics )
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5513Computational Statistics for Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics ] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1PHYS5514Radio Astronomy and the Interstellar Medium
Prerequisites:
( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent ) and ( Course Enrolment in the 53560 Master of Physics
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-GEOPH Geophysics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
or
Course Enrolment in the ( 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Computational Physics specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4010Symmetry Principles in Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2PHYS4022Advanced Quantum Computing
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in ( 53560 Master of Physics
or
65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing
or
CM015 Bachelor of Science Frontier Physics and Master of Physics
or
HON-PHYSC Physics ) and ( PHYS3005 Quantum Computation
or
PHYS4021 Frontiers in Quantum Computation )
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5513Computational Statistics for Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics ] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-GEOPH Geophysics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
or
Course Enrolment in the ( 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Experimental Physics specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4020Frontiers in Experimental Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
or
Course Enrolment in the ( 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS4418Cosmological Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5020Quantum Measurement and Technology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics
or
the 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing ) and PHYS4020 Frontiers in Experimental Physics and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-GEOPH Geophysics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
or
Course Enrolment in the ( 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Theoretical Physics specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1PHYS4010Symmetry Principles in Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS4418Cosmological Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5010Differential Geometry and General Relativity
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics
or
HON-PHYSC Physics
or
CM015 Bachelor of Science Frontier Physics and Master of Physics
or
53560 Master of Physics ) and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent ) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PHYS5510Special Topics in Physics II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1SHPC4001Computational Methods for Physics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( HON-GEOPH Geophysics [Honours]
or
the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
or
the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or
the 53560 Master of Physics ) and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and ( completion of the core units in the Physics major
or
equivalent )
or
Course Enrolment in the ( 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil