Master of Science in Physical Sciences
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.
Academic entry requirement
An Australian Bachelor’s degree in physics or approved international equivalent, with a minimum 65 per cent grade average in the third year.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).
TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
Or approved international equivalent.
After graduating, you are likely to find work in diverse areas involving technology and research. With excellent problem-solving skills, you are likely to be successful in the commercial and administrative sectors.
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
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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.
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How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
CRICOS code: 028640D