The School of Chemistry & Physics is the pathway of choice for many students wishing to further their research education. We provide a safe, intellectually challenging environment, and have a vibrant and diverse group of postgraduate students who come from around Australia and the world to learn from and work with our renowned academic staff.
- Master of Philosophy (for Domestic students)
- Masters by Research (for International students)
- Master of Science (Medical Physics)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Masters degrees by research are similar in nature to a PhD but do not necessarily require the candidate to make a significant original contribution to research.
To embark on your postgraduate studies in Chemistry or Physics, applicants should first discuss possible research topics in consultation with your nominated supervisor(s). To locate a potential supervisor, please follow the steps outlined in "Where to Start".
- Mixed Research and Coursework: Research with a Coursework component equivalent to 33% of the degree
- Research: 100% Research
Students are supervised in research methodology and techniques, as well as being engaged in the critical evaluation of literature and results in the substantive area of the thesis at an advanced level.
While the Master of Philosophy may include an advanced coursework component, the focus is on research.
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A Master of Science by Research is a 2 year research program and is available to International students only. The University is currently transitioning towards a new structure for Masters Degrees available to International students. This is likely to take effect in 2013 and as a consequence in 2012 Masters Degrees by Research (excluding Master of Philosophy) will be offered under the 2009 Academic Program rules.
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The Master of Science (Medical Physics) is a 2-year supervised program of original research culminating in the submission of a thesis incorporating the results of that research program.As part of the Program each candidate for the degree shall complete the following components of coursework:
- Human Biology for Medical Physics
- Physics of Medical Imaging
- Radiation Biology, Protection and Epidemiology
- Radiotherapy Physics
Candidates complete a thesis on an approved research project with clinical or field application, undertaken at an approved research institution.
The Master of Science (Medical Physics) is an accredited program with the Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine for registration as a Medical Physicist.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the basic qualification for a research career or academic position and involves two to four years of research for a full-time candidate or the equivalent in half-time candidature. In the course of completing the degree under appropriate supervision, candidates develop the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality and make a significant original contribution to knowledge in their chosen discipline.
Candidates complete an approved program of study and research under supervision and present a thesis embodying the results of original investigation.
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For Enquiries about Research Degrees
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