Physics
Honours
Honours in Physics is embedded within the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Students are required to successfully undertake a 24creditpoint research project, under the supervision of a member of physics staff. An indicative list of projects is available on the School of Physics Student Portal. Students are also required to take 24 creditpoint of 4000level coursework selective units.
Honours in Physics is available to students with a major in physics, subject to requirements on their average grades. Admittance into the program is determined by the Faculty of Science, and requires that a staff member first agree to supervise the student's research project.
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Unit outlines will be available though Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000level and 5000level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.
Unit of study  Credit points  A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition  Session 

PHYSICS (HONOURS) 

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Physics) requires 48 credit points from this table including:  
(i) 18 credit points of 4000level Honours coursework selective units from List 1, and  
(ii) 6 credit points of 4000level Honours coursework selective units from List 1, or List 2, or List 3, and  
(iii) 24 credit points of 4000level Honours research project units  
Honours Coursework Selective 

List 1 

PHYS4121 Advanced Electrodynamics and Photonics 
6  A A major in physics including thirdyear electromagnetism and thirdyear optics P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units including (PHYS3x35 or PHYS3x40 or PHYS3941) 
Semester 1 
PHYS4122 Astrophysics and Space Science 
6  A A major in physics P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units 
Semester 1 
PHYS4123 General Relativity and Cosmology 
6  A A major in physics and knowledge of special relativity P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units 
Semester 2 
PHYS4124 Physics of the Standard Model 
6  A A major in physics including thirdyear quantum physics and thirdyear particle physics P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units including (PHYS3X34 or PHYS3X42 or PHYS3X43 or PHYS3X44) 
Semester 2 
PHYS4125 Quantum Field Theory 
6  A A major in physics including thirdyear quantum physics P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units including (PHYS3x34 or PHYS3x42 or PHYS3x43 or PHYS3x44 or PHYS3x35 or PHYS3x40 or PHYS3941 or PHYS3x36 or PHYS3x68 or MATH3x63 or MATH4063 or MATH3x78 or MATH4078) 
Semester 1 
PHYS4126 Quantum Nanoscience 
6  A A major in physics including thirdyear quantum physics and thirdyear condensed matter physics P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units 
Semester 2 
List 2 

PHYS4015 Neural Dynamics and Computation 
6  A First and secondyear physics P 144cp of units including (MATH1x01 or MATH1x21 or MATH1906 or MATH1931) and MATH1x02 
Semester 2 
SCIE4001 Science Communication 
6  A Completion of a major in a science discipline. Basic knowledge of other sciences is beneficial. Experience in communication such as delivering oral presentations and producing written reports. An awareness of science in a societal context, e.g., of disciplinary applications. P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000 or 4000level and 18 credit points of 3000 or 4000level units from Science Table A. Midyear honours students would take this unit of study in S1 (their second semester of study). 
Semester 1 
SCIE4002 Experimental Design and Data Analysis 
6  A Completion of units in quantitative research methods, mathematics or statistical analysis at least at 1000level. P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000 or 4000level and 18 credit points of 3000 or 4000level units from Science Table A. N ENVX3002 or STAT3X22 or STAT4022 or STAT3X12 
Intensive March 
SCIE4003 Ethics in Science 
6  A Successful completion of a Science major. P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000 or 4000level and 18 credit points of 3000 or 4000level units from Science Table A N HSBH3004 or HPSC3107 
Intensive August Intensive March 
List 3 

MATH4311 Algebraic Topology 
6  A Familiarity with abstract algebra and basic topology, e.g., (MATH2922 or MATH2961 or equivalent) and (MATH2923 or equivalent). 
Semester 2 
MATH4312 Commutative Algebra 
6  A Familiarity with abstract algebra, e.g., MATH2922 or equivalent. 
Semester 1 
MATH4314 Representation Theory 
6  A Familiarity with abstract algebra, specifically vector space theory and basic group theory, e.g., MATH2922 or MATH2961 or equivalent. N MATH3966 
Semester 1 
MATH4313 Functional Analysis 
6  A Real Analysis (e.g., MATH2X23 or equivalent), and, preferably, knowledge of Metric Spaces. 
Semester 1 
MATH4315 Variational Methods 
6  A Assumed knowledge of MATH2X23 or equivalent; MATH4061 or MATH3961 or equivalent; MATH3969 or MATH4069 or MATH4313 or equivalent. That is, real analysis, basic functional analysis and some acquaintance with metric spaces or measure theory. 
Semester 2 
MATH4061 Metric Spaces 
6  A Real analysis and vector spaces. For example (MATH2922 or MATH2961) and (MATH2923 or MATH2962) P An average mark of 65 or above in 12cp from the following units (MATH2X21 or MATH2X22 or MATH2X23 or MATH3061 or MATH3066 or MATH3063 or MATH3076 or MATH3078 or MATH3962 or MATH3963 or MATH3968 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3977 or MATH3978 or MATH3979) N MATH3961 
Semester 1 
MATH4062 Rings, Fields and Galois Theory 
6  P (MATH2922 or MATH2961) or a mark of 65 or greater in (MATH2022 or MATH2061) or 12cp from (MATH3061 or MATH3066 or MATH3063 or MATH3076 or MATH3078 or MATH3962 or MATH3963 or MATH3968 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3977 or MATH3978 or MATH3979) N MATH3062 or MATH3962 
Semester 1 
MATH4068 Differential Geometry 
6  A Vector calculus, differential equations and real analysis, for example MATH2X21 and MATH2X23 P (A mark of 65 or greater in 12cp of MATH2XXX units of study) or [12cp from (MATH3061 or MATH3066 or MATH3063 or MATH3076 or MATH3078 or MATH3961 or MATH3962 or MATH3963 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3977 or MATH3978 or MATH3979)] N MATH3968 
Semester 2 
MATH4069 Measure Theory and Fourier Analysis 
6  A (MATH2921 and MATH2922) or MATH2961 P (A mark of 65 or greater in 12cp of MATH2XXX units of study) or [12cp from the following units (MATH3061 or MATH3066 or MATH3063 or MATH3076 or MATH3078 or MATH3961 or MATH3962 or MATH3963 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3977 or MATH3978 or MATH3979)] N MATH3969 
Semester 2 
MATH4411 Applied Computational Mathematics 
6  A A thorough knowledge of vector calculus (e.g., MATH2X21) and of linear algebra (e.g., MATH2X22). Some familiarity with partial differential equations (e.g., MATH3X78) and mathematical computing (e.g., MATH3X76) would be useful. 
Semester 1 
MATH4412 Advanced Methods in Applied Mathematics 
6  A A thorough knowledge of vector calculus (e.g., MATH2X21) and of linear algebra (e.g., MATH2X22). Some familiarity with partial differential equations (e.g., MATH3X78) and mathematical computing (e.g., MATH3X76) would be useful. 
Semester 2 
MATH4413 Applied Mathematical Modelling 
6  A MATH2X21 and MATH3X63 or equivalent. That is, a knowledge of linear and simple nonlinear ordinary differential equations and of linear, second order partial differential equations. 
Semester 1 
MATH4414 Advanced Dynamical Systems 
6  A Assumed knowledge is vector calculus (e.g., MATH2X21), linear algebra (e.g., MATH2X22), dynamical systems and applications (e.g., MATH4063 or MATH3X63) or equivalent. Some familiarity with partial differential equations (e.g., MATH3978) and mathematical computing (e.g., MATH3976) is also assumed. 
Semester 2 
MATH4063 Dynamical Systems and Applications 
6  A Linear ODEs (for example, MATH2921), eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix, determinant and inverse of a matrix and linear coordinate transformations (for example, MATH2922), Cauchy sequence, completeness and uniform convergence (for example, MATH2923) P (A mark of 65 or greater in 12cp of MATH2XXX units of study) or [12cp from (MATH3061 or MATH3066 or MATH3076 or MATH3078 or MATH3961 or MATH3962 or MATH3968 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3977 or MATH3978 or MATH3979)] 
Semester 1 
MATH4074 Fluid Dynamics 
6  A (MATH2961 and MATH2965) or (MATH2921 and MATH2922) P (A mark of 65 or above in 12cp of MATH2XXX ) or (12cp of MATH3XXX ) N MATH3974 
Semester 1 
MATH4076 Computational Mathematics 
6  A (MATH2X21 and MATH2X22) or (MATH2X61 and MATH2X65) P [A mark of 65 or above in (12cp of MATH2XXX) or (6cp of MATH2XXX and 6cp of STAT2XXX or DATA2X02)] or (12cp of MATH3XXX) 
Semester 1 
MATH4077 Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics 
6  A 6cp of 1000 level calculus units and 3cp of 1000 level linear algebra and (MATH2X21 or MATH2X61) P (A mark of 65 or greater in 12cp of MATH2XXX units of study) or [12cp from (MATH3061 orMATH3066 or MATH3063 or MATH3076 or MATH3078 or MATH3961 or MATH3962 or MATH3963 or MATH3968 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3978 or MATH3979)] N MATH3977 
Semester 2 
MATH4078 PDEs and Applications 
6  A (MATH2X61 and MATH2X65) or (MATH2X21 and MATH2X22) P (A mark of 65 or greater in 12cp of 2000 level units) or [12cp from (MATH3061 or MATH3066 or MATH3063 or MATH3076 or MATH3961 or MATH3962 or MATH3963 or MATH3968 or MATH3969 or MATH3971 or MATH3974 or MATH3976 or MATH3977 or MATH3979)] N MATH3078 or MATH3978 
Semester 2 
MATH4079 Complex Analysis 
6  A Good knowledge of analysis of functions of one real variable, working knowledge of complex numbers, including their topology, for example MATH2X23 or MATH2962 or MATH3068 P (A mark of 65 or above in 12cp of MATH2XXX) or (12cp of MATH3XXX) N MATH3979 or MATH3964 
Semester 1 
STAT4528 Probability and Martingale Theory 
6  A STAT2X11 or equivalent and STAT3X21 or equivalent; that is, a good foundational knowledge of probability and some acquaintance with stochastic processes. N STAT4028 
Semester 1 
MATH4511 Arbitrage Pricing in Continuous Time 
6  A Familiarity with basic probability (eg STAT2X11), with differential equations (eg MATH3X63, MATH3X78) and with basic numerical analysis and coding (eg MATH3X76), achievement at credit level or above in MATH3XXX or STAT3XXX units or equivalent. 
Semester 1 
MATH4512 Stochastic Analysis 
6  A Students should have a sound knowledge of probability theory and stochastic processes from, for example, STAT2X11 and STAT3021 or equivalent. 
Semester 2 
MATH4513 Topics in Financial Mathematics 
6  A Students are expected to have working knowledge of Stochastic Processes, Stochastic Calculus and mathematical methods used to price options and other financial derivatives, for example as in MATH4511 or equivalent 
Semester 2 
MATH4071 Convex Analysis and Optimal Control 
6  A MATH2X21 and MATH2X23 and STAT2X11 P [A mark of 65 or above in 12cp of (MATH2XXX or STAT2XXX or DATA2X02)] or [12cp of (MATH3XXX or STAT3XXX)] N MATH3971 
Semester 1 
STAT4028 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 
6  A STAT3X23 or equivalent: that is, a sound working and theoretical knowledge of statistical inference. N STAT4528 
Semester 1 
STAT4026 Statistical Consulting 
6  P At least 12cp from STAT2X11 or STAT2X12 or DATA2X02 or STAT3XXX N STAT3926 
Semester 1 
STAT4027 Advanced Statistical Modelling 
6  A A three year major in statistics or equivalent including familiarity with material in DATA2X02 and STAT3X22 (applied statistics and linear models) or equivalent P STAT3X12 and STAT3X13 
Semester 2 
STAT4021 Stochastic Processes and Applications 
6  A STAT2011 or STAT2911, and MATH1003 or MATH1903 or MATH1907 or MATH1023 or MATH1923 or MATH1933 or equivalent. That is, students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of basic probability and integral calculus and to have achieved at credit level or above in their studies in these topics. N STAT3011 or STAT3911 or STAT3021 or STAT3003 or STAT3903 or STAT3005 or STAT3905 or STAT3921. 
Semester 1 
STAT4022 Linear and Mixed Models 
6  A Material in DATA2X02 or equivalent and MATH1X02 or equivalent; that is, a knowledge of applied statistics and an introductory knowledge to linear algebra, including eigenvalues and eigenvectors. N STAT3012 or STAT3912 or STAT3022 or STAT3922 or STAT3004 or STAT3904. 
Semester 1 
STAT4023 Theory and Methods of Statistical Inference 
6  A STAT2X11 and (DATA2X02 or STAT2X12) or equivalent. That is, a grounding in probability theory and a good knowledge of the foundations of applied statistics. N STAT3013 or STAT3913 or STAT3023 or STAT3923 
Semester 2 
HPSC4101 Philosophy of Science 
6  P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX 
Semester 1 
Honours Core Research Project 

PHYS4103 Physics Honours Project A 
6  Semester 1 Semester 2 

PHYS4104 Physics Honours Project B 
6  C PHYS4103 
Semester 1 Semester 2 
PHYS4105 Physics Honours Project C 
6  C PHYS4104 
Semester 1 Semester 2 
PHYS4106 Physics Honours Project D 
6  C PHYS4105 
Semester 1 Semester 2 