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3-4 years

Course Description


Bachelor of Science - - MJRU-PHYSIScience and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 80 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July 

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

Duration 3 years full time

From the kinetic energy of a speeding car to nuclear fusion energy, from nearby stars to distant galaxies, physicists examine matter and energy in all their forms.

Curtin’s Department of Physics and Astronomy works closely with the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), which is involved in the Square Kilometre Array and the Murchison Widefield Array, as well as the investigation of active galactic nuclei and radio galaxies, transient radio phenomena and pulsars, and the birth of the first stars and galaxies in the Universe.

In this major, you will study a range of real-world problems through observation, measurement and theoretical analysis. You will develop an understanding of the core concepts of physics and gain hands-on skills with complex technical equipment and computers.

You can specialise in the following streams:

Astrophysics

This stream includes units suitable for those interested in radio astronomy, particularly the Square Kilometre Array. You’ll have the chance to grapple with some of the biggest scientific questions, ranging from the origins of the Universe to the nature of ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’.

Curtin’s involvement in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and the Square Kilometre Array project has the potential to provide you with hands-on experience analysing data from cutting-edge radio telescopes, using state-of-the-art supercomputing facilities.

Environmental Physics

In this stream you will learn how to study and measure matter and energy in the Earth’s natural and managed environments: the atmosphere, hydrosphere (oceans, rivers), land and soils, and living organisms. You will study a diverse range of topics, including the development of sensors and energy-saving ‘green’ materials, the interaction of sunlight with particulates in the atmosphere and oceans, disposal and storage of radioactive wastes, and the dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere.

This stream includes a strong emphasis on physics principles in an environmental context, applied computer programming, instrument deployment during field excursions, and field and satellite data processing and analysis. It also provides exposure to a number of multidisciplinary activities in fields such as biology, geology and chemistry.

You will have the opportunity to experience applied acoustics first-hand through coursework and projects involving Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology, which specialises in underwater acoustics and has strong linkages to industries such as defence, offshore oil and gas, fisheries and government. For those interested in underwater optics and related applications
or satellite remote sensing of oceans, Curtin’s Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group also provides opportunities for liaison during your study.

Materials Science

This stream examines materials from a unified point of view. It looks for connections between the underlying structure of a material, its properties, how processing changes it and what the material can do. You will study a range of materials, including metals, semiconductors, glasses, ceramics and polymers.

You will also learn about the analytical instruments and different forms of radiation that materials scientists use to investigate the microstructure of samples. These include electron microscopes, X-ray scattering facilities including synchrotrons, and neutrons generated in a nuclear reactor. Computer simulation is another key technology used by materials scientists and you will learn how to apply it to your work.

Mathematical Physics

Mathematical physics is the study of nature using advanced mathematics. This field is advancing in everything from basic physics to quantum mechanics, and on every scale from the quark to the Big Bang. Through mathematical models and powerful supercomputers, we can predict the progress of climatic changes, the flow of oil reservoirs, development of new materials, and nanotechnology.
A degree in this field prepares you to work as a physicist or mathematician, with experience in using supercomputer technology.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Physicist
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Computational Physicist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Materials Analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Remote-sensing Scientist
  • Optical-radiation Physicist
  • Marine Physicist
  • Mathematician

Note: Most career paths require postgraduate studies to master or doctoral level.

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