Postgraduate Physics

Postgraduate Physics Training

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The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is an internationally recognised department, lauded for its educational and research efforts. It is one of the top academic departments in Australia, and its research has been ranked among the highest in the nation. Postgraduate students are at the heart of modern Physics Schools and Departments worldwide, and take a key place within the School at Sydney. This page provides information on postgraduate degree programs offered by the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) : Comprehensive degree focused on the generation of original research and research-led education. Research degrees are offered in a wide range of experimental and theoretical research areas which are described in the School's Research Activities pages. The Degree culminates in the student Thesis, an original work of scholarly research competitive on an international level.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil): A research and thesis-based degree involving the production of original research, but of a more restricted scope than the PhD.
  • Masters/ Graduate Diploma (Coursework): Intensive, targeted coursework-only programs in of interest to practicing researchers and scientists in the field of Medical and Radiation Physics (MMedPhys/GradDipMedPhys). Students in these programs undertake lecture course units over two semesters (full-time) or four semesters (part-time). Masters students also pursue a research project, which normally requires one additional semester (full-time) or two additional semesters (part-time). The Graduate Diploma has no project component.

How to Apply

Students seeking admission to the PhD should normally hold a three-year Bachelor’s degree and a Masters Degree, or a four-year undergraduate degree with First Class Honours. In all cases students must have demonstrable research experience.

Students seeking admission to the MPhil should normally hold a three-year Bachelor's degree with at least a Credit average in Physics. Students entering the MPhil without a previous Honours degree in Physics are expected to take the full set of Honours coursework requirements to fulfill the required coursework requirements.

Step 1: Find a Supervisor
Candidates must be in contact with a potential supervisor prior to lodging a formal application. Supervisors may be found via the School of Physics Research Supervisors page or the University’s Research Supervisor Connect portal.

Step 2: Write a Statement of Research Interest
A statement of research interest (2-4 pages) should be developed in conjunction with your potential supervisor and includes:

  • name of your potential supervisor
  • area of proposed research
  • prior research experience
  • key literature references
  • a possible methodology or approach to the research
  • value and potential outcomes if the research is successful


Step 3: International students must identify and contact two academic referees
To support an international student application, references from two academic referees are also needed. The referees should be familiar with your previous academic qualifications/achievements. Ensure they are available and willing to complete a reference for you, and acquire their correct and current contact details.

Step 4: Complete and submit an online application
Applications can be saved and completed at a later time.
PhD online application and MPhil online application.

Most scholarships have a separate application process with set deadlines. See Scholarships information below.

Candidates will be assessed within the School of Physics on the basis of coursework achievement, research achievement, professional references, and scientific potential.


Are you an International or Local/domestic applicant?
If you are an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen then you are a Local/Domestic applicant.

Admissions Process – How to Apply
Find out how to apply for your preferred course.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Tuition fees and course charges are levied on all students enrolling in a postgraduate research program. As described below, however, eligible domestic students are exempt from tuition fees. The University of Sydney encourages all applicants who are eligible to undertake a PhD or Master's by research program to apply for a scholarship to cover tuition fees and/or a living allowance.

Domestic Student Fees
The Research Training Program provides fee exemptions for eligible domestic students. More information is available from the Department of Education website.

Domestic Student Scholarships
Candidates for research degrees with First Class Honours or equivalent can apply for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (formerly APA) with a value of AU$26,682 (in 2017) tenable at the University of Sydney. Applicants can apply for these scholarships all year round. Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis.


International Student Fees
International students on a student or temporary visa for postgraduate study at the University are required to pay full tuition fees (AU$43,000 per annum in 2017). See the following for further information on tuition fees (international students).

International Student Scholarships
Students may apply for scholarship funding through the - Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarship (formerly IPRS) in their application for admission. Students need only indicate a desire to be considered for the scholarship on their online application; no additional application is required for the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarship. Details of this scholarship and other funding opportunities are available at the Scholarships for International students website.

For international students who are successful in being awarded a scholarship that does not include Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), the School may cover that insurance cost.

Faculty of Science Information

Science Faculty Information for Future Postgraduate Students

For further information about postgraduate study, contact , Room 210, ground floor, Physics Building.