• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Close
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
    See Future Offerings

The ANU Physics Honours program emphasises original research. The research project may be undertaken in any relevant area of the University. Projects are individually supervised by an academic staff member, usually within a research group. Available topics include: laser physics, atom optics and dilute gas Bose-Einstein condensation, optical physics, gravitational wave detection, general relativity theory, nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, plasma physics, observational and theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, thermal physics, electronic materials physics, surface physics, condensed matter physics, computational physics, and geophysics.

For an up to date list see the Honours website http://physics.anu.edu.au/UGResearch/Honours/

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Plan, consult and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic.
2. The student will learn to systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
3. The student will be able to make a systematic and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
4. In the case of numerical or experimental research, be able to appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data,  In the case of theoretical work, the student will be able to apply advanced mathematical techniques.
5. The student will master advanced skills and concepts in Physics appropriate to the awarding of an Honours degree.
6. The student will be able to effeectively and compellingly  communicate scientific material through oral and written means.

Other Information

To qualify for admission to Physics honours candidature, an ANU student must have successfully completed at least 48 units of Group B or Group C courses relevant to the proposed honours study, of which at least 24 units must be Group C courses. At least a credit average must have been achieved in these 48 units. It is recommended that students should include in their program PHYS3001, PHYS3031, PHYS3032 and PHYS3033. Students from other universities are welcome to apply for enrolment in the Honours program. Admission will be based on the undergraduate record and its equivalence to the above requirements.;Dept Consent

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Course work - topics in Advanced Physics, 4 courses across a broad range of advanced foundational topics.  Exam, assignment and oral assessment as appropriate.  (45%; LO 5, 6)Detailed information on the courses and lecturers can be found athttp://physics.anu.edu.au/UGResearch/Honours/
  • Project work presented in the form of a thesis (50%; LO 1-6)
  • Final seminar (5%; LO 6)
  • Mid year seminar  - this item is not formally graded, but is an important and required milestone in the year (LO 1, 6)
  • Mid-year interview, involving a round table discussion with the student, supervisor, convener and thesis reviewer. Required but not formally assessed. (LO 1, 6)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Physics Education Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $546 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $728 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2511 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7500 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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