Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


Students undertake the research project under the close supervision of an overseas researcher who mentors the student in all aspects of research practice and report writing. It therefore reflects the ethos of New Courses in which research experience and overseas study are key pillars.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) appreciate the universality of research approaches in physics research; (2) critically evaluate research literature applicable to the research project undertaken; (3) understand the key physics concepts and approaches enabling the research project; and (4) appreciate cultural differences in the approach to study and life.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) overseas study reflective essay and (2) overseas research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Grasso
Unit rules
[(PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (formerly Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics)
or PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science)
and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics]
or (PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity
and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics)
all PHYS research placement units
Approved quota: approximately 20, funding dependent—subject to the number of places available at overseas institutions, the availability of funding and a student's academic performance in Level 2 and Level 3 units, in consultation with the Head of School.
Contact hours
This is a research experience unit with no set contact hours, but with an expectation of 150 hours study. Normally this would be achieved in a four-week research placement with 37.5 hours per week working on a research project in an overseas research group.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.