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Master of Science (Advanced) in Nuclear Science

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

VSCNS
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Physics
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Physics
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Science (Advanced) in Nuclear Science degree requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:


 

A minimum of 30 and a maximum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

PHYS8201 Fundamentals of Nuclear Science

PHYS8202 Reactor Science

PHYS8203 Accelerators and their application

PHYS8204 Fundamentals of Nuclear Radiation

PHYS8205 Nuclear Fuel Cycle

PHYS8206 Nuclear Measurement

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 units from completion of the following course:

PHYS8207 Special Project (can be taken twice)

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 30 units from completion of Science and Society Courses from the following lists which must include:

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy

PHYS6205 Physics for Future Leaders

A maximum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

SCOM6016 Science in the Media

SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6101 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy

24 units from completion of the following research component

PHYS8000 Masters Research Project (which can be taken twice over consecutive semesters)

A maximum of 12 units from completion of elective courses offered by the ANU

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component.

Master Research

Masters (Advanced) program that meets this requirement through the substantial research-based project

Master Research Training

The program requires 24 units of research project, carried out on an individual basis with an academic supervisor at the ANU and assessed through a written thesis of approximately 50 pages and a final oral presentation.  

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PHYS8201 Fundamentals of Nuclear Science 6 units PHYS8202 Reactor Science 6 units PHYS8203 Accelerators and their application 6 units PHYS8204 Fundamentals of Nuclear Radiation 6 units
PHYS8205 Nuclear Fuel Cycle 6 units PHYS8206 Nuclear Measurement 6 units PHYS8207 Master of Nuclear Science Research Project 6 to 18 units SCOM6027 Science Politics 6 units
Year 2 STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century 6 units SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public 6 units PHYS8000 Masters Research Project 12 to 24 units
Science and Society elective 6 units Science and Society elective 6 units PHYS8000 Masters Research Project 12 to 24 units

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a grade point average of at least 5.5/7.0
  •  with at least 8 courses in the field of Physics or Engineering, also with a grade point average of 5.5/7.0

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component.


Cognate Disciplines

Physics, Engineering


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Physics, Engineering

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,256.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$46,080.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Knowledge of nuclear science is increasingly important across diverse fields, from pure scientific endeavours through to medical physics, industrial processes, mining, security, defence and policy development. The Australian National University is the only university in Australia that offers postgraduate education in nuclear science and is the ideal location to pursue an advanced degree in this growing field.

Over two years, you will study the fundamentals and applications of nuclear science, including materials analysis, dating techniques, nuclear medicine, and nuclear energy. The degree is a mix of coursework and projects, comprising individual and group-based research. You will develop the scientific background you need for informed debate on nuclear issues, without advocating a particular position.

You will have access to the cutting-edge equipment in the laboratories of the Australian Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility, with many opportunities to undertake laboratory-based training, as well as access to academics who are at the forefront of research in basic and applied nuclear science. Some examples of where our graduates have found themselves include: research roles, both fundamental (university) and applied (medical/industrial); regulatory roles in the commercial (mining) and government (radiation protection, customs, security) sectors; and analyst and policy roles in government. Our graduates occupy senior roles across a range of private companies and government departments.

This Advanced program incorporates a research project and thesis.

 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate high-level knowledge of nuclear science concepts
  2.   apply knowledge of nuclear science to new problems;
  3.   interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to nuclear science;
  4.   demonstrate theoretical and practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in nuclear science;
  5.   critically analyse nuclear systems and nuclear data to reach independent conclusions;
  6.   demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;
  7.   clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats. 

Research Strengths

Masters (Advanced) program that meets this requirement through the substantial research-based project

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: Gregory.Lane@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 0375

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

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