MR230 - Master of Science (Applied Physics)

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Plan: MR230 - Master of Science
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Master of Science
Award abbreviation: MSc
Career: RSCH
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010301
CRICOS code: 079681F

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Purpose of the Program

This Master of Science degree develops advanced research principles and methods and mastery of a body of knowledge in Applied Physics. Upon graduation with a Master of Science degree from RMIT University you will have developed:

  • high level skills in research processes,
  • the ability to solve complex problems and provide high-level, strategic and research-based advice in a variety of settings.
  • the ability to analyse and synthesise knowledge related to specific disciplines, and
  • high level communication skills

You will also be able to take advantage of holding an internationally recognised degree from a highly reputable university which is globally well known.

A Master of Science degree will provide you with a foundation for further studies into a PhD and employment in senior leadership and management research-based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate environments.

Individually supervised research programs are available in the following areas of research focus:

Materials Physics

  • Crystallography, Surface science, Electronic structure, materials & devices
  • Materials properties & synthesis, Soft x-ray spectroscopy
  • Magnetism, Spintronics & Spin defects, Superconducting devices, 2D materials

Quantum Physics & Technology

  • Quantum physics, Quantum computing & Quantum information
  • Quantum materials, optics & sensing, Atomic Physics, Photophysics
  • Foundations of physics, Relativistic quantum information theory

Radiation & Space Physics

  • Planetary science, Microgravity, Spaceflight operations, Extreme conditions
  • General relativity, Electromagnetic radiation & shielding, Space radiation
  • Dosimetry, Radiation detection & transport, Radiation Protection

Soft Matter, Medical & Biological physics

  • Soft matter, Biological Physics, Biomaterials, Cryobiology
  • Membrane and ion channels, Membranes, Physical chemistry
  • Molecular dynamics & statistical mechanics, Phase transition dynamics
  • Rheology & Nanofluidics, Ionic liquids & deep eutectic solvents

Advanced imaging & nanoscale characterisation

  • Microscopy, Confocal and atomic force microscopy
  • X-ray free-electron laser imaging methods
  • Neutron and X-ray scattering, Imaging & Scattering technique development
  • Medical imaging & Bioimaging

The Master of Science may be undertaken in thesis with publicaiton or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s prior to application.

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Entrance requirements

Applicants for masters by research programs must have completed one of the following from a recognised higher education institution:

  • a four year bachelor degree with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year;


  • another recognised award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to a four year undergraduate degree, with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year.

Alternatively applicants may provide evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and experience that satisfies the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents webpage.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (academic module) overall score 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents webpage (unresolved).

Selection Tasks

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application. For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see the How to apply – Research programs webpage.

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