La Trobe University

Master of Science in Physical Sciences


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Fees and costs
$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

This course covers the research areas of space physics, x-ray science and surface and materials science. We aim to equip you with experience and competence in areas of physics where experimental work is vastly different, being either laboratory- or environment/field-based. During first year, you will complete eight core subjects. During second year, you will be required to

complete another four core subjects, engage in a practical statistical consulting project and write a minor thesis. If you achieve an average of 65 per cent in all subjects in first year, and demonstrate an aptitude for

research, you may be invited to join the Honours stream. In the Honours stream, you will undertake a 60 credit-point Master’s research thesis (approximately 18 000 words) along with a further 60 credit

points of coursework subjects as a part of second year. Graduation from the Honours stream fulfils the requirements for entry into a PhD in a relevant discipline area at La Trobe University. You may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Science after successfully completing first year, but only if you decide not to proceed to second year of the Master’s course.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Applicants must have a minimum average of 65 per cent in the third year of an Australian Bachelor’s degree in physics, or approved international equivalent.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

This course will greatly enhance your research and employment opportunities. Graduates are prepared for work in diverse areas involving technology and research, and in the commercial and administrative sectors.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Science in Physical Sciences may apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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