single degree

Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement degree requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses.

18 units from completion of Instrumentation Courses from the following list:

PHYS6711 Fundamentals of Noise and Measurement

PHYS6502 Photonic Sensing Systems

EMSC8712 Electronics and Data Analysis

6 units from Computing Courses in the following list:

MATH6111 Scientific Computing

COMP6730 Programming for Scientists

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Science and Society Courses from the following lists:

6 units from completion of the following course:

MGMT7161 New Venture Creation

A minimum of 6 units from courses from the following list:

PHYS6205 Physics for Future Leaders

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCPG6004 Creating Impact

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

SCOM6032 Making Modern Science

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science

MGMT7165 Innovation

SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy

12 units from completion of the following Integrative Course

PHYS6701 Rapid Prototyping and Systems Integration (which must be taken twice in consecutive semesters)

18 units from completion of Instrumentation Courses from the following list

PHYS8721 Advanced Imaging Methods

EMSC8722 Advanced Detector Systems

ASTR8016 Optical Instrumentation

6 units of 6000, 7000, or 8000 level courses from the following subject areas:

ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics

PHYS Physics

EMSC Earth and Marine Sciences

ENGN Engineering


A maximum of 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by the ANU.

Hurdle Requirements

Students must complete the Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in order to commence the Master degree.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PHYS6711 Fundamentals of Noise and Measurement 6 units MATH6111 Scientific Computing 6 units ASTR/PHYS/EMSC/ENGN 6000 - 8000 level 6 units ANU elective 6 units
PHYS6502 Photonic Sensing Systems 6 units EMSC8712 Electronics and Data Analysis 6 units MGMT7161 New Venture Creation 6 units ANU elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units PHYS8721 Advanced Imaging Methods and Systems 6 units EMSC8722 Advanced Detector Systems 6 units PHYS6701 Rapid Prototyping and Systems Integration 6 units ANU elective 6 units
ASTR8016 Optical Instrumentation 6 units PHYS6205 Physics for Future Leaders 6 units PHYS6701 Rapid Prototyping and Systems Integration 6 units ANU elective 6 units

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 5.0/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in the field of Physics or Engineering with a grade point average of at least 5 .0/7.0
  • Mathematics at least at the level of MATH2305 (Ordinary Differential Equations and Vector Calculus)

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 5.0/7.0. 

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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

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:

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:

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.

Cognate Disciplines

Physics, Engineering

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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.

Measurement is at the heart of scientific discovery, and the frontiers of knowledge are expanded through the development of new and more precise instrumentation. This program draws on the history and current expertise of three leading research schools at ANU: the Research School of Physics, the Research School of Earth Sciences, and the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Each of these Schools are at the forefront of modern scientific research and have outstanding pedigree in the development of advanced scientific instrumentation. You will be learning from ANU scientists who have worked on projects including: * the design and development of instrumentation for the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves * a high-resolution ion microprobe for geological analysis * a high-resolution x-ray computed tomography instrument for the study of porous and disordered materials, and * an integral-field spectrograph for an international, next-generation, thirty-meter class optical telescope.

In this program you have the opportunity to learn the most advanced techniques for studying the heavens, the Earth, and everything in-between. The interdisciplinary expertise you acquire will impact on diverse areas of fundamental scientific research as well as industrial applications. The program aims to produce graduates with deep insight and creative know-how to pursue related careers in science, industry and government, with a focus on innovation, teamwork, and getting results. The degree is a mix of course work and projects, comprising individual and group-based research.


Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate high level knowledge of scientific instrumentation and measurement;
  2. apply their knowledge of measurement systems and instrumentation to new problems;
  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to measurement and instrumentation;

  4. demonstrate theoretical and practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in scientific measurement;
  5. critically analyse data from measurement systems 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 

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: 

Phone: 02 6125 4079

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

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science Enquiries at

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