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Master of Science in Physical Sciences


Course Description

This course covers the research areas of space physics, x-ray science and surface and materials science. We aim to equip you with experience and competence in areas of physics where experimental work is vastly different, being either laboratory- or environment/field-based. During first year, you will complete eight core subjects. During second year, you will be required to complete another four core subjects, engage in a practical statistical consulting project and write a minor thesis. If you achieve an average of 65 per cent in all subjects in first year, and demonstrate an aptitude form research, you may be invited to join the Honours stream. In the Honours stream, you will undertake a 60 credit-point Masters research thesis (approximately 18 000 words) along with a further 60 credit points of coursework subjects as a part of second year. Graduation from the Honours stream fulfils the requirements for entry into a PhD in a relevant discipline area at La Trobe University. You may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Science after successfully completing first year, but only if you decide not to proceed to second year of the Masters course.

Professional recognition

Qualified graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute of Physics.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum average of 65 per cent in the third year of an Australian Bachelors degree in physics, or approved international equivalent.

Course Fees

Indicative (2015): $24,040 per 120 credit points.


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