• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
  • Specialisation code PHYS-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The ANU Physics Honours program provides an opportunity for high achieving students to undertake a substantial program of original research, as well as studying advanced Physics coursework. The research project may be undertaken in any relevant area of the University. Projects are individually supervised by an academic staff member, usually embedded within a larger research group and/or Department. Research projects are available in theoretical and experimental Physics across a wide range of Physics disciplines (For an up to date list see our project website physics.anu.edu.au/projects. Honours in Physics prepares students for careers in a wide range of occupations, and sufficiently high marks qualify the student for entry into a PhD program.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Master advanced skills and concepts in Physics..
2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
3. Make a systematic and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
4. Develop the ability to apply experimental techniques and methods to collect original research data in the field of study. In the case of theoretical research, learn the application of relevant advanced mathematical concepts and techniques.

5. Analyse and interpret original science research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate
6. Plan, consult and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in the chosen area of physics.
7. Effectively and compellingly communicate scientific material to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

The assessment aligns with the learning outcomes and includes

24 units of honours level coursework (4 x 6 units, 50%, LO 1,2,3,7)

24 units research project assessed by thesis (93%) and oral (7%) presentation (LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

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Admission Requirements

Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant honours plan with at least: 

  • six courses in the subject area of Physics or Mathematics with at least three 3000-level courses or equivalent
  • and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis course


This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

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

Code Title Units
PHYS4100 Advanced Quantum Physics 6
PHYS4102 Advanced Electromagnetism 6
PHYS4103 Advanced Classical Mechanics 6
PHYS4104 Advanced Statistical Mechanics 6
PHYS4110 Honours Research Project 12-24
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