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Master of Physics

Course Description


The knowledge generated through the study of Physics is also the driving force behind most new technologies – from radars to lasers, from transistors to quantum computers, and from electron microscopes to advanced medical imaging scanners.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master of 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. 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.

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Physics has specialisations in;

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Computational Physics
Experimental Physics
Medical Physics
Theoretical Physics
The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.


The Master of Physics is offered by coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

Professional recognition

Member of the Australian Institute of Physics (MAIP)

Career opportunities

In addition to a career as a research scientist or educator, previous graduates from the School of Physics have had highly successful careers in finance, management, geophysics and the IT sector.

Visit the Master of Physics page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

UWA Faculty of Science Scholarships and Awards - No. of awards TBC

Both the University and the Faculty offer a range of scholarships and awards to our students.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships for Domestic and International Students - see full details for each scholarship.

Application Procedure

See full details for each scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must meet one of the following requirements: (a) a bachelor's degree of this University, in a relevant subject area with a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; OR (b) an honours degree from this University in a relevant subject area, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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