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What will I learn?

Our understanding of how the Universe works has grown rapidly in the past few decades, but if you’re keen on physics, you’re probably more excited by what we don’t yet know.

Our researchers are pushing the boundaries in fields like gravitational waves, quantum information and particle physics, and working with the world’s most advanced scientific instruments, including the Large Hadron Collider, the LIGO gravitational wave detector, the Murchison Widefield Array low frequency radio telescope and the Australian Synchrotron.

Join a global research community

Big questions need big teams to solve them, and you’ll join one of our teams working in the fields of astrophysics, theoretical particle physics, and experimental particle physics, who work with international collaborators to answer the fundamental questions of our time.

Our physicists are out in the community, overseas – and even underground:

  • Dr Bryn Sobott, Dr David Peake and Associate Professor Roger Rassool are in Mozambique field-testing their FREO2 Siphon, which delivers medical-grade oxygen to critically ill newborns without needing an electrical source.
  • Professor Elisabetta Barberio is in a converted mine in rural Victoria, searching for dark matter at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.
  • And Professor Andrew Melatos is looking to the skies and liaising with LIGO in California and Massachusetts as part of the team who proved the existence of gravitational waves in 2016.

Innovative subjects

You’ve probably heard that the future of computing is quantum computing, but do you know how to program a quantum computer?

Not many people do, so we’ve introduced a new subject, Introduction to Quantum Computing, which uses a unique online platform to allow you to build and run your own quantum computing algorithms.

Develop your skills with real-world problems

You’ll leave the course with a major research project to feature in your CV. In the research project, you’ll join one of our expert research teams working at the forefront of theoretical or experimental physics.

More than just technical skills

We know that soft skills are important too, which is why we include professional skills subject like scientific communication, to ensure you can speak and write effectively about your research.

Career outcomes

The Master of Science (Physics) could be the start of a rewarding research career in physics or an aligned field such as meteorology, informatics or software engineering.

Or you could think outside the box and take your advanced analytical and problem-solving skills into business, government or education.

Our graduates go on to work as:

  • Physicists
  • Data scientists
  • Astrophysicists
  • Quantum computing scientists
  • Engineers.

Employers in this field include:

  • Government departments of education and environment, including the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Consulting firms such as Deloitte
  • Software and computing companies such as IBM, IRESS and Quantium
  • Large financial services providers including ANZ and NAB
  • Academic and public research institutions such as universities and the CSIRO

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$48,128.00 (US$ 30,885) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $98,662

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

Start date

27 February 2023, 24 July 2023


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

An undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline (physics, mathematical physics, chemical physics, mathematics, statistics or engineering) and a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent in the best 50 points in appropriate discipline studies at third year, and
Quantum mechanics studies at both second-year and third-year university level.

Studies in electrodynamics and statistical physics at third-year level are also recommended.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Application closing dates: Semester 1: 31 October

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


About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s leading university, enabling students to develop sustainable learning and in-demand employability skills.

  • Ranked 25th (U.S. News 2022) 33rd worldwide (QS 2023)
  • Top 10 in the world for global employability (QS 2021)
  • Home to Australia’s largest number of Nobel laureates
  • Industry-led teaching, connected to 100+ research centres

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