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Physics Major course

Physics Major course graduates have some of the most exciting and engaging jobs throughout their careers. Their real-life problem-solving skills, enhanced by the study of theoretical and practical physics, together with great strengths in mathematics and computing, makes them highly sought after by many employers. Following the award of the low-frequency part of the Square Kilometre Array to Western Australia, the Department has grown rapidly with new research and teaching staff from the world’s best universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Caltech. The course below has been designed to enable successful students to compete favourably with their peers not only in Western Australia or Australia, but also on the world stage – Igor Bray, Head of Department.

Physics Major course structure

The Physics Major course leads to the degree BSc (Physics). Formal prerequisites are Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent. Additionally, strong performance in these subjects as well as Mathematics Specialist ATAR and Chemistry ATAR is highly advantageous. A full description of all Units and options is available in the handbook. The recommended choices are included below. Please check the prerequisites for every Unit.

Physics Major - 1st Year

A full description of all units and options is available in the handbook. This is a suggested pathway for students interested in the Physics Major.

1st Year, Semester 1

1st Year, Semester 2

Physics Major streams (2nd and 3rd Year)

The Physics Major has four streams: Astrophysics, Environmental Physics, Materials Science, and Mathematical Physics. Students need to select their preferred stream and complete 100 credit points in each semester.

Astrophysics

2nd Year Semester 1

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2nd Year Semester 2

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3rd Year Semester 1

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3rd Year Semester 2

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  • Physics Project 2 (available in both semesters for students with a CWA 65 or greater) (25 credits) – for further information see the Projects page

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Environmental Physics

2nd Year Semester 1

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2nd Year Semester 2

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3rd Year Semester 1

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3rd Year Semester 2

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Materials Science

2nd Year Semester 1

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2nd Year Semester 2

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3rd Year Semester 1

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3rd Year Semester 2

Recommended elective/s:

  • Physics Project 2 (available in both semesters for students with a CWA 65 or greater) (25 credits) – for further information see the Projects page

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Mathematical Physics

2nd Year Semester 1

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2nd Year Semester 2

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3rd Year Semester 1

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3rd Year Semester 2

Recommended elective/s:

  • Physics Project 2 (available in both semesters for students with a CWA 65 or greater) (25 credits) – for further information see the Projects page

Current timetable (subject to change without notice)

Physics Honours (4th Year)

Students with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65 or above may be invited to obtain the Physics with Honours degree. The Physics Honours year consists of a 100 credit point research project and four 25 credit point Units. A full description of all Science Units and options is available in the handbook.

A recommended combination of Units is:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Postgraduate courses

Double degree course