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Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics

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

Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics

2 Years 96 Units VSCTP

Study plan and program details

A mastery of theoretical physics allows you to unlock the secrets of our universe. From quantum field theory to general relativity, theoretical physics not only answers the most fundamental questions of our existence but is also at the forefront of scientific discovery.


Take gravitational waves for example. Researchers at The Australian National University supplied equipment and techniques used in the detection of gravitational waves, opening up a new avenue for astronomical discovery. This global scientific collaboration was the culmination of a 100-year journey that started with Einstein’s theory of general relativity.


The Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics brings students to the cutting edge of research in an interactive training environment, being taught by some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. The Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical and coursework experience in theoretical physics with the development and implementation of a research project supervised by an academic. This is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU and pursue a career in research.


If you are interested in big questions, like how the universe works or how elementary particles interact with each other to form nuclei and stars, then you will enjoy learning about quantum field theory. With applications such as particle physics and condensed matter, quantum field theory is arguably the most far-reaching attempt to combine special relativity and quantum physics in a unique framework.


Drawing on world leading expertise from the ANU Research School of Physics, this program will provide you with the techniques and skills necessary for a bright future in research or related careers in education, science and industry.

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