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C09035v4 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Physics

Award(s): Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Physics (BSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 040708K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Physics is a one-year, full-time program undertaken following the completion of the pass degree. The main component of the course is a research project conducted within one of the UTS research groups, or jointly with an external organisation.

The course prepares students in aspects of planning and executing a research program to address a specific scientific or technological problem. In addition, two coursework subjects provide detailed knowledge in several areas of contemporary significance in physics and nanotechnology.

Career options

Graduates work within research roles spread across many different industries including education, automotive, aerospace, defence, public sector, healthcare, energy, materials, technology, computing and IT. An honours degree is the first step towards a career in research and academia.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
2.0 An enquiry-oriented approach
3.0 Professional skills and their appropriate application
4.0 The ability to be a lifelong learner
5.0 Engagement with the needs of society
6.0 Communication skills
7.0 Initiative and innovative ability

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The honours program is normally open to students who have attained at least a credit average over the final two-thirds of the undergraduate program.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

The honours program consists of two 18-credit-point research subjects and two 6-credit-point advanced coursework subjects. The two research subjects, one taken in each session, combine to form a single research project that consists of a literature review, development and enunciation of a research plan, and hands-on research work. The two coursework subjects are separate subjects.

Course completion requirements

68001 Advanced Physics 6cp
68002 Advanced Nanomaterials 6cp
68005 Physics Honours Research 1 18cp
68006 Physics Honours Research 2 18cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The course commences in either Autumn or Spring session. The program shown assumes full-time attendance. Not all subjects may be available.

Year 1
Autumn session
68001 Advanced Physics   6cp
68005 Physics Honours Research 1   18cp
Spring session
68002 Advanced Nanomaterials   6cp
68006 Physics Honours Research 2   18cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, is available from UTS: Science.