Master of Applied Science (Physics) (K7J7)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire advanced current knowledge in Physics. In addition, you will develop a capacity for independent research and problem-solving that can lead to workplace research and/or a degree by higher research (Masters or PhD).

Students completing the Master of Applied Science (Physics) will:

  • acquire advanced current knowledge in Physics;
  • acquire advanced research skills that can lead to workplace research and/or a HDR course;
  • engage in research and development projects in the field of Physics;
  • be able to apply advanced current knowledge, skill and principles learning in the course to their respective workplace contexts;
  • develop an understanding how Physics can be applied to solve global problems from a scientific perspective.
  • 1 In depth understanding of a range of topics in classical and modern physics, in particular the production and propagation of electromagnetic radiation, the fundamentals of wave and quantum mechanics, atmospheric and astrophysics, atomic and nuclear physics, general relativity and statistical mechanics.
  • 2 The ability to solve problems in these fields and understand the limitations and assumptions inherent in different approaches to solving problems.
  • 3 An in-depth theoretical knowledge of a particular field of physics by producing a significant literature review or a critical review of current knowledge in the area associated with a research project.
  • 4 Advanced research skills by conducting a supervised research project either in astrophysics or theoretical physics.
  • 5 Research communication skills , both in writing and through verbal presentations.
  • Course structure

    Choose from the following Specialisations

    Entry requirements

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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