Master of Science (Physics)

  • CRICOS code: 094600J

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


Our understanding of how the Universe works has grown rapidly in the past few decades, but if you’re keen on physics, you’re probably more excited by what we don’t yet know.

Our researchers are pushing the boundaries in fields like gravitational waves, quantum information and particle physics, and working with the world’s most advanced scientific instruments, including the Large Hadron Collider, the LIGO gravitational wave detector, the Murchison Widefield Array low frequency radio telescope and the Australian Synchrotron.

Join a global research community

Big questions need big teams to solve them, and you’ll join one of our teams working in the fields of astrophysics, theoretical particle physics, and experimental particle physics, who work with international collaborators to answer the fundamental questions of our time.

Our physicists are out in the community, overseas – and even underground:

  • Dr Bryn Sobott, Dr David Peake and Associate Professor Roger Rassool are in Mozambique field-testing their FREO2 Siphon, which delivers medical-grade oxygen to critically ill newborns without needing an electrical source.
  • Professor Elisabetta Barberio is in a converted mine in rural Victoria, searching for dark matter at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.
  • Professor Andrew Melatos is looking to the skies and liaising with LIGO in California and Massachusetts as part of the team who proved the existence of gravitational waves in 2016.

Innovative subjects

You’ve probably heard that the future of computing is quantum computing, but do you know how to program a quantum computer?

Not many people do, so we’ve introduced a new subject, Introduction to Quantum Computing, which uses a unique online platform to allow you to build and run your own quantum computing algorithms.

Develop your skills with real-world problems

You’ll leave the course with a major research project to feature in your CV. In the research project, you’ll join one of our expert research teams working at the forefront of theoretical or experimental physics.

More than just technical skills

We know that soft skills are important too, which is why we include professional skills subject like scientific communication, to ensure you can speak and write effectively about your research.