Master of Applied Science (Physics) (K7J7)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

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.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses 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.

Course structure

This program has either a 1.5 - or 2-year structure, depending on your background (see academic requirements).

1.5 Year Program (3 Semesters):

A three-semester program will comprise:

1. 100% postgraduate-level units as listed in Schedule B.

2. a Research Thesis (50%, as per Schedule C) which shall embody the results of research carried out under the direction of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by the appropriate School.

2 Year Program (4 Semesters):

A four-semester program will comprise:

1. 50% consolidation units as listed in Schedule A with a maximum 25% intermediate units permitted.

2. 100% postgraduate-level units as listed in Schedule B.

3. a Research Thesis (50%, as per  Schedule C) which shall embody the results of research carried out under the direction of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by the appropriate School.

If you would like further advice about what your Study Plan would look like at the University of Tasmania, please email Course.Info@utas.edu.au and we will put you in contact with an appropriate staff member.

Note: progression to the research thesis component requires a minimum performance standard of 65% average calculated on all units taken, including both pass and fail attempts.

Physics

The unit KYA211 Waves and Kinetic Theory is the core physics major course for second year, first semester. It is also suitable for students who wish to study more physics beyond first year but who do not intend to major…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Electromagnetism topics include electric and magnetic fields using the vector operators of divergence, gradient and curl, properties of induced polarisation and magnetisation in materials, induction effects, and finally Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic radiation. Applications of electromagnetic phenomena in nature, scientific…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is a continuation of KMA152 and KMA154, with emphasis on the application of multivariable calculus and Fourier Series to problems in mathematics, the physical and biologicalsciences, economics, and engineering. The calculus section of this unit is focussed on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides grounding in theoretical physics for students interested in doing Honours in Theoretical Physics or Applied Mathematics. Topics covered include: Linear and Non-linear systems, examples. Phase plane and phase space. The Hartmann Linearization Theorem. Co-dimension 1 bifurcations; saddle-node, pitchfork and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides grounding in theoretical physics, for students interested in doing Honours in Theoretical Physics or Applied Mathematics. Topics covered include: Introduction to the state of stress in a continuum. Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions of motion. Conservation laws for mass and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The objective of this course is to provide a thorough grounding in electromagnetism (38 lectures) and to appreciate the mathematical framework through which quantitative problems in these areas can be solved. In addition, in the laboratory course you will learn…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Quantum mechanics describes the fundamental behaviour of nuclei, atoms, molecules and the solid state. An introduction to the ideas leading up to quantum physics (wave mechanics), including the origin of the black body spectrum, the Bohr model and Bohr-Sommerfeld quantisation,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The objective of the atomic physics part of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to atomic structure allowing you to understand atomic spectra, the behaviour of angular momentum in quantum mechanical systems, and many-electron atoms. The nuclear and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Fundamental numerical processes for obtaining approximate but useful solutions to mathematical models. Topics include: errors in computations; solution of linear and non-linear equations arising from problems in the physical and biological sciences, commerce and engineering; approximation of functions; numerical integration…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduction to partial differential equations that arise in applied mathematics, physics, biological science, commerce, and engineering. First-order PDEs: the linear wave equation, method of characteristics, traffic flow models, wave breaking, and shocks. Second-order PDEs: Classification of PDEs and characteristic curves;…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

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Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides the basic tools in the use of complex variables to solve practical problems in Applied Mathematics and Physics. It continues the use of integral transform methods to solve ordinary and partial differential equations. Analytic functions. The elementary…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This second-semester unit provides core knowledge in linear algebra and differential equations. The first half of the unit demonstrates the central role linear algebra plays in mathematics by covering the fundamental concepts of vector spaces and the analysis of linear…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The objective of this course is to provide a thorough grounding in statistical physics and solid state physics. Statistical physics describes the structure of bulk matter - solids, liquids, gases, plasmas - in terms of very general assumptions about the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an elective coursework unit aimed at students enrolled in honours in physics. The objective is to provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings and modern observational understanding of advanced topics in astrophysics including plasma physics, exoplanets,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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Preparation for research work (leading to a thesis) in radio astronomy; optical astronomy. Topics from other areas of physics may be undertaken if appropriate projects and/or supervision can be arranged.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is an elective coursework unit intended for physics and maths honours students. This unit in mathematical physics aims to provide an understanding of general relativity as a theory of gravity relating to the geometric properties of spacetime. We begin…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Astrophysics is the investigation of the Universe. It enables us to study the behaviour of matter in extreme environments that cannot be replicated on Earth. Atmospheric physics plays an important role in understanding weather and climate systems. In this unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The successful design and execution of astrophysical observations requires an in depth knowledge of the telescope, its instruments and their operation. The aim of this unit is to give students a theoretical and practical introduction to fundamental astronomical observation techniques.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will introduce students to quantitative data analysis techniques. Students will learn aspects of collecting, processing, analysing and presenting quantitative information. Topics include: statistical presentation of data, experimental design, data exploration techniques, fitting linear models and their extensions, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIntensive Session Jun

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Research work (leading to a thesis) in radio astronomy, optical astronomy; theoretical physics. Topics from other areas of physics can be undertaken if appropriate projects and/or supervision can be arranged.Enrolment consists of two 25% units; KYA708 and KYA709.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Research work (leading to a thesis) in radio astronomy, optical astronomy; theoretical physics. Topics from other areas of physics can be undertaken if appropriate projects and/or supervision can be arranged.Enrolment consists of two 25% units; KYA708 and KYA709.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

The Master of Applied Science may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry, and discipline preparedness of the specific candidate.

3 Semester Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree in a science field with a major in Physics completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

4 Semester Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree in a science related area, and some background (e.g. minor sequence) in Physics completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

Common

International students must provide an IELTS (Academic) test score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands. Please refer to the International General Entrance Requirements.

All applicants must:

(1) demonstrate their qualification was conferred no longer that 10 years previously;

(2) provide a written statement of purpose outlining the reasons for their chosen specialisation. Please note that the statement must be no more than 500 words in length and be written in your own words.

Students completing the Master of Applied Science (Physics) will be eligible to apply for a HDR program, either MSc or PhD, contingent on performance.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a 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

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 62,983 AUD *.

Course cost based on a rate of $30,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

This Masters course is not approved by DEEWR for student income support payments (i.e. Youth Allowance and Austudy)

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

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

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