About

You will develop a combination of high-level research, analytical and problem-solving skills which are highly valued by industry and government employers at this Master in Physics - Theoretical Physics at The University of Western Australia .

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.

The Master of Physics can be undertaken in one of the following: 

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics (astronomy techniques, astro-statistics, galactic dynamics, compact objects, astrophysical shocks, plasma astrophysics, space electrodynamics and high-energy astrophysics)
  • Computational Physics (numerical methods, high performance computing, graphics processing unit (GPU) programming and methods of computational physics)
  • Experimental Physics (data analysis and methods of experimental physics)
  • Medical Physics (commissioning, calibration, safe operation and maintenance of these medical systems that help to diagnose and treat thousands of people every year)
  • Theoretical Physics (discipline-specific knowledge at the frontiers of modern physics).

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • Physics Research Project Development
  • Master's Dissertation—Physics Research Presentation
  • Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity

                  You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                  Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                  Part-time
                • Credits
                  96 alternative credits
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus
                • More information Go to the programme website

                English Language Requirements

                • Minimum required score:

                  6.5

                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

                  Schedule IELTS
                • Minimum required score:

                  82

                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

                  Schedule TOEFL®
                • Minimum required score:

                  570

                  The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

                  Schedule TOEFL®

                General Requirements

                • a bachelor's degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
                • the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; 

                or

                • an honours degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.
                CRICOS: 087902J

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  39300 AUD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 78600 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                Domestic average annual fee: $8934

                Living costs for Perth

                • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                Funding

                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.

                Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

                The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

                Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

                Wishlist

                Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?