Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics

Summary

CRICOS course code: 101482
Level of study: Postgraduate

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 and Engineering, 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.
Learning Outcomes

demonstrate high level knowledge in theoretical physics and its methods;
apply their knowledge in theoretical physics to new problems;
interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to theoretical physics;
demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in theoretical physics;
critically analyse data within applications of theoretical physics to reach independent conclusions;
independently perform theoretical work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;
clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

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