• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Mathematics, Physics
  • Specialisation code MPHY-SPEC

Corequisite majors: Physics or Mathematics


This specialisation (based on either a Physics or Mathematics major) is intended for students with a keen interest in both (Theoretical) Physics and (Fundamental) Mathematics. It is the pathway to research into the modern areas of Theoretical Physics as well as Mathematical Physics (such as String Theory and Integrable Models).

Learning Goals:

Students who have completed the Mathematical Physics specialisation will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the ideas, concepts and techniques of Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
  2. Describe and explain the fundamental principles of physics, including those of Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics and Relativity.
  3. Identify the mathematics and physics required to solve applied problems.
  4. Solve non-routine physical problems by translating ideas into a precise mathematical formulation.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the many branches of mathematics and physics and of the interconnections among them.
  6. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of some area(s) of mathematics and physics.
  7. Draw on discipline based experiences of working collaboratively, communicating mathematics and physics knowledge and acting professionally and responsibility in further study, or professional pursuits.
  8. Recognise the importance of continuing professional development and be able to extend knowledge of mathematics through independent reading and learning. 


Additional Information

Advice to Students

Students are recommended to take MATH1115, MATH1116, PHYS1101 and PHYS1201 in first year and MATH2405, MATH2406, MATH2320, PHYS2013 and PHYS2016 in second year.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of the Mathematical Physics specialisation.

A specialisation in Mathematical Physics must be taken in conjunction with a Mathematics or Physics major.

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Specialisation Requirements

This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PHYS3001 Theoretical Physics 6
PHYS3002 Advanced Theoretical Physics 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MATH3342 Advanced Differential Geometry 6
MATH4204 Algebraic Topology Honours 6
MATH3351 Advanced Topics in Mathematical Physics 6
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