The Masters Program (MSc Physics):
The 2-year MSc in Physics program is 50% coursework and 50% research. You will undertake 8 graduate physics subjects, and a year-long research project culminating in a public presentation of your work and a 50 page thesis describing the research you’ve done. The goal is for your project to reach a publication-worthy state in a peer-reviewed scientific journal by the end of the Masters program.
Choosing a research project: We’ve listed very brief project ideas for each research area (accessible through the Research link) on the webpage. If you are interested in an area and would like to learn more, you should contact the faculty member directly.
Choosing subjects: The seven of eight subjects are chosen from the list of graduate Physics subjects (see the handbook), while the eighth subject is a Professional Tools subject to develop your wider skill set. For example, a common Professional Tools subject covers scientific writing. Your supervisor will give you advice on your course plan and help you decide which subjects to enroll in.
Choosing a supervisor: If you are applying internationally, the first step in applying for the MSc program is to send your CV, transcripts, evidence of English proficiency (if required), and an indication of your research interests to Physics-GR@unimelb.edu.au. They will suggest some potential supervisors.
The School of Physics asks that all applicants list 3 (or more) potential supervisors for the research component. You should talk with potential supervisors before submitting your application. This is a matching problem – to be enrolled in the MSc program both you and the supervisor must agree. It is very rare for this to happen without prior contact.
Funding: In most cases, the MSc program is self-funded, although there is limited financial support through supplementary scholarships and awards. Additionally, most MSc students earn extra income while developing their teaching abilities by acting as demonstrators and tutors in undergraduate subjects.
- A toy model of galaxy evolution inspired by stellar metallicity measurements from the SAMI survey Wednesday December 2nd 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Dr S[...]
- CMB Cosmology with BICEP/Keck and SPT-3G Wednesday November 25th 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Dr[...]
- Veloce - and what it takes to open new discovery phase space for exoplanets, without spending a bomb. Wednesday November 18th 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Pro[...]
- The evolution (or not) of the star formation efficiency, dust content, and duty cycle of high-z galaxies Wednesday November 11th 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Dr[...]
- Can uncertainties in the evolution of the massive stars explain EM and GW observations? Wednesday October 21st 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Pooj[...]
- Probing the nature of dark matter with galaxy-galaxy strong gravitational lensing Wednesday October 14th 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Doro[...]
- Real or not real? What cosmological simulations can (and cannot) tell us about the cold phase of the CGM Wednesday September 30th 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium Dr[...]