• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology, Engineering
  • Specialisation code POTE-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Physics of the Earth Honours specialisation is intended for students who are interested in undertaking an independent research project in earth physics under the direction of a supervisor, and who have a foundational knowledge of a relevant field, such as physics, earth and marine sciences, mathematics, engineering, or information technology. The Honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of current concepts in the field as well as a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours is a solid foundation in the basics of research, and can be an entry to careers in geophysics, or a pathway to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.     Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of earth physics.

2.     Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts in earth physics, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.

3.     Demonstrate capacity for generating original geophysical results through numerical, experimental, and/or theoretical techniques.

4.     Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively 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 2,3)

Research Thesis (45%) (LO 1,2,3,4,)

Research Presentations (5%) (LO4)

Students can apply to enrol in 4000 or 6000 or 8000 coded courses in physics, earth and marine sciences, and mathematics, with the approval of the convener

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Admission Requirements

Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant Honours plan:

with at least: 

  • a major or equivalent in a relevant field, such as physics, earth and marine sciences, mathematics, engineering, or information technology.
  • and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project. 


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

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

Code Title Units
EMSC4008 Physics of the Earth Honours Reseach Project 3-24

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

4000-level courses from the following subject areas:

EMSC Earth and Marine Sciences

PHYS Physics

MATH Mathematics

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