Master of Science (Physics)

Flinders University

Program Overview

The Master of Science (Physics) is designed for students with a physics-rich background who are looking for pathways to higher degree study or just looking to extend their knowledge with modern applications.

The course builds on a student’s existing physics, research and professional skills. It provides graduates with not only the practical and theoretical aspects of physics, but also an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of physics in a global community. Projects and coursework have been designed to address topical concerns in industry and society preparing graduates for employment in a physics-related field or further enrolment in a higher degree by research.

A masters research thesis is normally taken in the final two semesters of study and develops research, communication and technical skills. An in-depth investigation of a particular area is completed under the guidance of a supervisor and students can opt to research advanced areas within the discipline.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 38,000



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The Master of Science (Physics) consists of 72 units. Students entering with a bachelor degree in the same discipline will be eligible to apply to follow a 54-unit pathway. The topics involve both coursework and research components with core topics focusing on professional studies. These include nuclear and statistical physics, cosmology and optoelectronics, quantum physics, nanotechnology and standards, ethics and compliance. In addition to the core topics, students can choose electives including numerical analysis, methods of applied mathematics, complex analysis and partial differential equations. Students will receive training in advanced research skills and undertake a large independent research project.

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent with a major in physics or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institute. The Master of Science (Physics) is not available to students who hold an honours degree in the same discipline.

International students must satisfy our English language proficiency requirements for admission. If your first language is not English you will need to have:

  • Achieved the required test score for the course you are applying for. The IELTS and equivalent scores to meet the various levels #. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and Cambridge tests must be taken in a registered testing centre.; or
  • Successfully completed an approved secondary or tertiary qualification, taught in the English language in a country where English is the official language or the main language spoken (for up to an overall IELTS of 6.5) with evidence no more than five years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course; or
  • Successfully completed a pre-course English program from an approved ELICOS Provider*.


Annual fees:   $38,000

Career options exist in areas such as optics, telecommunications, instrumentation development, acoustics, geophysics, teaching as well as research and development laboratories.

Potential occupations include:

  • graduate research officer
  • laboratory technical officer
  • scientific officer
  • research and development scientist
  • patent examiner
  • defence scientist
  • research scientist
  • teacher
  • data analyst
  • system analyst
  • IP assessor.
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