Postgraduate

Master of Physics

You can take the Master of Physics in either Astronomy and Astrophysics, Computational Physics, Experimental Physics, Medical Physics or Theoretical Physics.

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Careers and further study

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Career Pathways

This course is about understanding the world around us at its most fundamental level. 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. 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 information technology sector. Medical physicists can undertake roles in a tertiary public hospital or private medical service provider.
This course is about understanding the world around us at its most fundamental level. 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. 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 information technology sector. Medical physicists can undertake roles in a tertiary public hospital or private medical service provider.
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Further Study

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.
Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
96
Average Annual Fee - 2021
$8,747.06
Typical Fee Range - 2021
$3,950.00 - $14,500.00

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.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$80,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$83,400.00

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

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a)(i) a bachelor's degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;
or
(b) an honours degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

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

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This course is about understanding the world around us at its most fundamental level. 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.

DollarThis course has recently become subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Visit our fee calculator for new CSP rates and an estimate on your course fees.

About the course

You will develop a combination of high-level research, analytical and problem-solving skills which are highly valued by industry and government employers.
Master of Physics

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020 / 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours per week
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 53560
CRICOS code
  • 087902J
Master of Physics
Status
  • Available 2020 / 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours per week
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 53560
CRICOS code
  • 087902J
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Physics

Why study this course?

  1. Specialise in one of 5 areas of physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Computational physics, Experimental physics, Medical physics, Theoretical physics 
  2. Complete a research project with an internationally recognised research group, giving invaluable experience and helping to develop networks
  3. Many opportunities during the course for interaction with industry, allowing students to understand where their degree can take them

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Rikki Nezich

You'll learn to

  • understand and apply the fundamental laws and principles of physics 
  • review the scientific literature in your field of study 
  • gain the mathematical and computational skills required to interpret models of physical behaviour 
  • plan, execute and report the results of an experiment in a research environment
  • gain the skills required to apply theoretical knowledge of physical principles and mathematical techniques to practical problems 

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"Most of the lectures are delivered by clinical medical physicists who are operating at the forefront of the profession with a balance of research and clinical practice. They can provide firsthand information about how medical physics problems are handled in the hospital environment, which is perfect for educational purposes."

Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad - Medical Physics Program Coordinator 

"Most of the lectures are delivered by clinical medical physicists who are operating at the forefront of the profession with a balance of research and clinical practice. They can provide firsthand information about how medical physics problems are handled in the hospital environment, which is perfect for educational purposes.

Practical sessions are held in the clinic after lectures, so that students get familiar with the clinical application of the concepts they learn in the class. Students are gradually immersed in clinical culture and environment at large teaching hospitals."

Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad - Medical Physics Program Coordinator 

Student Clubs

Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find people here to share your journey.

Enhance your employability while making lifelong friends and connections by joining one of our many student clubs, such as:

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

Course Accreditation

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The Master of Physics (Medical Physics) program is accredited by the The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Students who have not completed a major in Physics from this University, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by the Faculty, may be required to complete conversion units up to the value of 24 points.
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