University of Technology Sydney

C09035v5 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

1.1 Apply: Develop an understanding of experimental skills in advanced analytical techniques and their application in applied physics.
1.2 Analyse: Examine and combine knowledge of applied physics as well as relevant areas in materials science, chemistry and nanotechnology.
1.3 Synthesise: Apply appropriate analytical and computational techniques to critically analyse and provide solutions to solve problems in complex research contexts.
2.1 Apply: Identify, scope, and investigate problems and make complex logical deductions using scientific knowledge and evidence.
2.2 Analyse: Discover, gather, and critically evaluate data and information from different sources.
2.3 Synthesise: Design complex experiments to tackle real-world problems using scientific literature and practices.
3.1 Apply: Act safely and responsibly in laboratory and practical settings.
3.2 Analyse: Organise and manage a major project using time management and collaborative skills.
3.3 Synthesise: Acquire, employ and integrate a range of technical and professional skills for effective and ethical contributions to society.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate well-developed individual and independent learning strategies enabled by peer review and self-reflection and apply them to unfamiliar situations.
4.2 Analyse: Dissect new information acquired through experimentation to formulate hypotheses.
4.3 Synthesise: Test critical thinking skills to develop creative solutions for contemporary applied physics problems.
5.1 Apply: Demonstrate advanced writing and oral presentation skills to communicate scientific findings effectively to peers and other scientific audiences.
5.2 Analyse: Establish high-quality writing skills to effectively communicate reports and other relevant documents in the workplace.
5.3 Synthesise: Communicate the relevant of applied physics in society to broader non-scientific audiences.
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of ethical and respectful practices when interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
6.2 Analyse: Develop an awareness of how knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture may be relevant to physical science.
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awareness appropriately into professional practice.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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 24-credit-point research 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.

Course completion requirements

68998 Physics Honours Research 1 24cp
68999 Physics Honours Research 2 24cp
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.

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.