Master of Science - Physical Sciences

La Trobe University

This program covers the research areas of space physics, X-ray science and surface and materials science. It offers students the opportunity to select a project in one of these fields. It aims to equip students with experience and competence in areas of physics where experimental work is vastly different, being either laboratory- or environment/field-based.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,800
International: $71,600

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum average of 65 per cent in the third year of an Australian Bachelor's degree in physics, or approved international equivalent; NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place; Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The course offers a research stream and a regular stream. The common first year comprises 120 credit points of coursework. Second year comprises a further 120 credit points of coursework. Students with an average of 65% in first year may be invited to join the research stream.

Subjects you can Study:

Atomic physics; Nanoscience; Nuclear physics; Physical sciences; Physics; Quantum mechanics; Surface science

Study Pathways:

Students who achieve an average of 65% in all subjects in first year, and demonstrate an aptitude for research, may be invited to join the Honours stream. These students undertake a 60 credit-point Master's research thesis (about 18,000 words) along with a further 60 credit points of coursework subjects as a part of the second year. Graduation from the Honours stream fulfils the requirements for entry into a PhD in a relevant discipline area at La Trobe University. Students should note they may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Science after successfully completing first year, but only if they decide not to proceed to the second year of the Master's course.


Graduates of the Master of Science in Physical Sciences may apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 2 years
Melbourne No info Yes Part time 4 years
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Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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