What will I learn?

Gain a solid foundation in physics and cutting-edge materials. The degree prepares you to understand physics and materials at a deeper level, apply scientific principles in a materials context, appreciate experiment design and execution, and use scientific instruments commonly used in physics and materials.

What you will study

First year

A typical first year may include:

  • core topics in mathematics, fundamental physics, engineering physics and materials, and the nature of science
  • a selection of elective topics.

Second year

A typical second year may include:

  • core topics in several variable calculus, thermodynamics and electromagnetic waves, quantum concepts, classical physics, linear algebra and differential equations, and analysis of engineering systems
  • a selection of elective topics.

Third year

A typical third year may include:

  • core topics in partial differential equations, nuclear and statistical physics, cosmology and optoelectronics, quantum physics, complex analysis, and thermodynamics and energy systems
  • a selection of elective topics.

Honours year

A typical honours year may include:

  • a major energy and advanced materials research thesis allowing high-performing students to progress to a higher degree by research
  • further development of professional skills, particularly those relevant to research and development.

Your career

Diverse employment opportunities exist in a range of areas such as optics and photonics, telecommunications, micro-electronics, nano-electronics, instrumentation development, acoustics and geophysics.

Potential occupations include:

  • fibre optics designer
  • electronic device developer
  • focused ion-beam scientist
  • electronics technologist/electronics engineer
  • process validation group scientist.

Potential employers include:

  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • BAE Systems

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,500.00 (US$ 28,109) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 March 2021, 26 July 2021


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Flinders University recognises international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

There are two admissions cycles for undergraduate degrees: February intake (semester 1): applications open in August for commencement the following year. All courses are open for applications. Midyear intake (semester 2): applications open in August for commencement in July the following year. Not all courses are offered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Flinders University ranked 1st in South Australia for teaching quality, learning engagement and student support.

  • Among top 300 - THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Home to over 5000 international students
  • Based in Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world
  • Over 300 study options to choose from