Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Analyse how to solve a problem by applying simple fundamental laws to more complicated situations;
- Apply abstract concepts to real-world situations;
- Manage time effectively in order to be prepared for group discussions and undertake the assignments and examinations.
It is an exciting time to be studying physics in the 21st century: it is an enabling science that expands our knowledge of the universe and underpins new technologies that benefit our society. The School of Physics is well established and is internationally respected for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and a challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience.
Our programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle and experimental particle physics explore questions relating to the origin, evolution and fate of our universe, addressing some of the most important and fundamental problems of our age. Research collaborations include the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, the LIGO gravitational wave detector, and the MWA low frequency radio telescope.
The School has strengths in the exploration of matter and light interactions, particularly in advanced materials utilising diamond and silicon, quantum information science, photonics, advanced electron microscopy, nanoscale imaging, nanoelectronics, all the way down to the single atom and photon. Working closely with the Australian Synchrotron, the School hosts the Centre for Coherent X-Ray Science, and the Victorian node of the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology.
Students in the Master of Science (Physics) who have a weighted average mark of 80% or higher in the prerequisite undergraduate major, are eligible for consideration for the Graduate Research Program in Science. This is a five-year course of study comprising the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Find out more.
As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:
- Research and development – as a scientist, software engineer, technical manager and informatics statistician; or in public health, meteorology and climate change
- Government – in policy advising, budget forecasting, research, or defence
- Business – in IT, sales, financial modelling and services, as a management consultant, or business analyst
- Manufacturing – in engineering, forecasting, logistics, or demand management
- Science communications – in publishing, editing, writing, or marketing
- Education – as a teacher or trainer