Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics

96
ATAR
4
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Upon graduation you can pursue a number of careers in the field of physics and beyond:

> Physicist

> Astronomer

> Academic Researcher

> Defence Scientist

> Computational Scientist 

> Technical Specialist

> High School Physics Teacher

> Lab Technician

> Software Developer

> Metallurgist

> Meteorologist

> Science Journalist

> Patent Attorney

> Geophysical Data Analyst

Upon graduation you can pursue a number of careers in the field of physics and beyond:

> Physicist

> Astronomer

> Academic Researcher

> Defence Scientist

> Computational Scientist 

> Technical Specialist

> High School Physics Teacher

> Lab Technician

> Software Developer

> Metallurgist

> Meteorologist

> Science Journalist

> Patent Attorney

> Geophysical Data Analyst

Fees and scholarships

Fees for this course are currently being finalised, refer back to this page in the coming weeks as more information will be made available then.

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You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

ATAR Requirements

A scaled mark of at least 50% in:

  • ATAR Physics (or equivalent or higher)
  • ATAR Mathematics Methods (or equivalent or higher)
  • ATAR Mathematics Specialists (or equivalent or higher) 

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

When you're ready, you can apply direct to UWA

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Non-school leavers

If you're not in Year 12 but have an ATAR, you can apply direct to us for an undergraduate course. Note you may be required to meet our English language competency levels.

Course details

This Combined Bachelor and Master (CBM) is a four-year accelerated program for those with an ATAR of 96 or above. Over the first three years you’ll complete a major in Frontier Physics, and four units from the Master of Physics, including research training.

About the course

The frontier of contemporary physics is built on a broad base of deep theoretical ideas that have been verified with astonishing precision by the most intricate and challenging experiments known to mankind. 

Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics

Quick Details

STATUS
  • Available 2021
LOCATIONS
  • Perth (Crawley Campus)
ATTENDANCE
  • Full-time, part-time
DELIVERY
  • On-campus
STARTING DATES
  • Semester 1
WEEKLY CONTACT TIME
  • 12 hours per unit including contact hours, personal study and examinations
LEVEL OF STUDY
  • Undergraduate + Postgraduate
FULL-TIME / PART-TIME DURATION
  • 4 years full time or equivalent
COURSE CODE
  • CM015
CRICOS CODE
  • TBA

Why Study Frontier Physics and Master of Physics

  • Study at the frontiers of discovery in physics, including advanced theories of General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory, gaining advanced knowledge and research skills
  • Work with world-leading researchers and award winning lecturers in dark matter discovery, gravitational wave detection, quantum information and computing, quantum technology such as spintronics, quantum gravity and field theory, radio and optical astronomy. 
  • Gain both Bachelor and Masters degrees in four years, fast-tracking your journey to postgraduate research or a professional career in physics
  • Be part of a community of like-minded high-achieving students, where you can share knowledge and make lifelong friendships and connections

You'll learn

  • a thorough grounding in the fundamental theories and conceptual framework of contemporary and frontier physics, allowing a broad and fundamental understanding of the universe at its smallest and largest scales
  • the ability to identify research areas and problems at frontiers of physics 
  • how to experimentally test concepts in advanced and frontier physics using state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation
  • to utilise appropriate mathematical expression and communication of physical conceptsto 
  • to investigate physical and theoretical problems using computational techniques
  • the ability to undertake and complete a substantial research project in physics, and to communicate the outcomes both orally and in writing

Course structure

In your first three years, you will complete the Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and a semester of postgraduate study. You will then complete your selected specialisation in the Master of Physics. Refer to the example study plan for more information.

Frontier Physics Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

BSc (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics

#4ec3e0Undergraduate (UG) specific units

Broadening units

Postgraduate (PG) specific units

YEAR SEMESTER UNITS
1ST YEAR 1 PHYS1100 MATH1011 CITS1401 Elective
2 PHYS1002 MATH1012 Elective Elective
2ND YEAR 1 PHYS2001 PHYS2100 MATH2501 Elective
2 PHYS2002 PHYS3100 PHYS3011 Elective
3RD YEAR 1 PHYS3001 PHYS3005 PG Specific PG Specific
2 PHYS3012 PHYS3101 PG Specific PG Specific
4TH YEAR 1 PG Specific PG Specific PG Specific PG Specific
2 PG Specific PG Specific PG Specific PG Specific

Postgraduate units will vary depending on your chosen specialisation, a study plan will be provided later in your degree.


Unit Description

  • PHYS1100 - Classical and Frontier Physics
  • MATH1011 - Multivariable Calculus
  • CITS1401 - Computational Thinking with Python
  • PHYS1002 - Modern Physics
  • MATH1012 - Mathematical Theory and Methods
  • PHYS2001 - Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetism
  • PHYS2100 - Stellar Astrophysics and Frontier Astronomy
  • MATH2501 - Advanced Mathematical Methods
  • PHYS2002 - Many Particle Physics
  • PHYS3100 - Electrodynamics, Special and General Relativity
  • PHYS3011 - Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS3001 - Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics
  • PHYS3005 - Quantum Computation
  • PHYS3012 - Special Topics in Contemporary Physics
  • PHYS3101 - Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Technology

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Student Clubs

At UWA we have a range of student run clubs where you can engage with like-minded students 

You may be interested in:

Find out more about all our student clubs from the UWA Student Guild.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, practical industry relevant experience and for employers to help shape the graduates of tomorrow.

During your course you will have the opportunity to learn from members of specialist research groups working in: 

  • Dark Matter Detection
  • Gravitational Wave Astronomy
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Quantum Information and Computing
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biophysics 
  • Along with one of the few research groups in the country working on theoretical physics beyond the Standard Model
 

Your degree options

You’ll graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and a Master of Physics, or a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) for students enrolling in BPhil, in four years.

ADMISSION TO UWA

Admission entry pathways

UWA offers a number of admission entry pathways for domestic and international students to be able to study with us. If your results do not qualify you for standard entry into the University, check our Admission entry pathways for one that suits you.

 

ADMISSION TO UWA

School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Bringing together the greatest minds in the world of physics, mathematics and computing