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Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement

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

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • 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, of which:

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


The 96 units must consist of:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

EMSC8712 Electronics and Data Analysis (6 units)

PHYS6701 Rapid Prototyping (6 units)

PHYS6711 Fundamentals of Noise and Measurement (6 units)

PHYS6502 Photonic Sensing Systems (6 units)

PHYS8702 Prototyping and Systems Integration (6 units)

PHYS8721 Advanced Imaging Methods and Systems (6 units)


12 units from completion of Measurement and Instrumentation courses from the following list:

ASTR8016 Optical Instrumentation (6 units)

PHYS8206 Nuclear Measurement (6 units)

PHYS8750 Masters Special Topics in Physics (6 units)


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

MATH6111 Scientific Computing (6 units)

COMP6730 Programming for Scientists (6 units)


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

6 units from completion of the following course:

PHYS6205 Physics for Future Leaders (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from courses from the following list

MGMT7161 New Venture Creation (6 units)

MGMT7165 Innovation (6 units)

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science (6 units)

SCOM6027 Science Politics (6 units)

SCOM6032 Making Modern Science (6 units)

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication (6 units)

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity (6 units)

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World (6 units)


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.

Capstone Courses

[PHYS6701, PHYS8702, PHYS8750, PHYS8721]

Study Options

Year 1 48 units PHYS6711 Fundamentals of Noise and Measurement 6 units Computing Course List 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 PHYS6205 Physics for Future Leaders 6 units ANU elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units PHYS8721 Advanced Imaging Methods and Systems 6 units Measurement & Instrumentation Course List 6 units PHYS6701 Rapid Prototyping 6 units ANU elective 6 units
Science and Society Course List 6 units Measurement & Instrumentation Course List 6 units PHYS8702 Prototyping and Systems Integration 6 units ANU elective 6 units

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of at least 5.0/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
  • with undergraduate Mathematics equivalent to the level of ANU MATH2305 (Ordinary Differential Equations and Vector Calculus).

The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Cognate Disciplines: Physics, Engineering

Ranking and English language proficiency: 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. 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. 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 admission requirements and post-admission support

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.

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.

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.

Applications for course credit: 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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$49,330.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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.

Other Requirements

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

Further Information

Program advice:

PHYS8750 Special Topics in Physics - students in the MSc in Precision Instrumentation must take care to select the class number associated with the Special Topic in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement.


Potential pathway to Masters (Advanced)

Students who are admitted to the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation can explore the option of undertaking a significant research component. Please discuss this with the program convener before completion of the first 48 units of study at the Master level. Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement and undertaking a 24 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • have completed compulsory courses in the first 48 units of the Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement,
  • achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework,
  • have the approval of an identified supervisor, and
  • meet the published admission requirements for the Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement


Vertical Double Degree pathway UGRD-PGRD:

This program is part of the Vertical Double Degree pathway structure offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine. The Vertical Double Degree pathway presents students with the opportunity to complete a 3-year single undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science or the College of Health and Medicine with a cognate 2-year Masters degree in 4 years (full-time) instead of 5 years (full-time). Not all undergraduate and Masters programs are offered as a Vertical Double Degree pathway. For more information on applicable combinations, benefits and how to apply, eligibility and conditions please visit https://science.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees or https://health.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees

Students who are interested in pursuing a Vertical Double Degree pathway with this program, are advised to contact the College of Science Student Services Office at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au and seek academic advice. Students who are already in an undergraduate degree offered by the College of Science or College of Health & Medicine should seek academic advice before completion of the first 72 units of their undergraduate studies.

This pathway is not available to students in an undergraduate Flexible Double Degree.


Exit pathways:

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.


Course offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.

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:Johannes.Eichholz@anu.edu.au 

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 science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science Enquiries at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au


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