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

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

  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

Students can enrol in other 4000, 6000 or 8000-level courses with the approval of the Honours Convenor.

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Admission Requirements

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

  • a major in Physics
  • six courses in the subject area of Physics or Mathematics with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) , excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses)
  • the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis course

Cognate Disciplines



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

30 units from completion of the Honours Reseach Project:

PHYS4110 - Honours Research Project (30 units) which must be taken twice over consecutive semesters (6+24 or 24+6 depending on start term)

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMSC4712 - Electronics and Data Analysis (6 units)

PHYS4301 - Applied Mathematical Methods in Physics (6 units)

PHYS4303 - Non linear Physics (6 units)

PHYS4304 - Quantum Scattering (6 units)

HONS4602 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the class of Honours and the mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero

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