24 months
47940 AUD/year
33520 AUD/year
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The Master of Science in Theoretical Physics at the Australian National University brings students to the cutting edge of research in an interactive training environment, being taught by some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. You will discover the breadth of theoretical physics, including understanding how non-linear dynamics can be applied to complex problems.


If you are interested in big questions, like how the universe works or how elementary particles interact with each other to form nuclei and stars, then you will enjoy learning about quantum field theory. With applications such as particle physics and condensed matter, quantum field theory is arguably the most far-reaching attempt to combine special relativity and quantum physics in a unique framework.

Drawing on world leading expertise from the ANU Research School of Physics, this Theoretical Physics program at the Australian National University will provide you with the techniques and skills necessary for a bright future in research or related careers in education, science and industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate high level knowledge in theoretical physics and its methods;
  • apply their knowledge in theoretical physics to new problems;
  • interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to theoretical physics;
  • demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in theoretical physics;
  • critically analyse data within applications of theoretical physics to reach independent conclusions;
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;
  • clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • General Relativity
  • Applied Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics in Physics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics
  • Topics in Mathematical Physics
  • Scientific Computing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


96 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code: 0101481

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of at least 5.0/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

Cognate Disciplines: Physics, Engineering, Mathematics

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    33520 AUD/year
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1425 - 2504 AUD /month
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