Program requirements

The program and course requirements set out the courses and rules you must follow to successfully complete this program.

You must also comply with UQ’s University Policies and Procedures.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Core - all students must complete this course
  • Compulsory for major/specialisation - all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major/specialisation - a course required for this major/specialisation
  • Required for Major/specialisation - a course required for this major/specialisation
  • Elective - an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules

Students commencing in Semester 2 (July intake)

The study planners provided outline the order of courses to be completed from semester 1 to semester 2. The planners identify semester offerings and in many instances, will be the same for students commencing the program from semester 2. You should check the course offerings to ensure that you are completing the courses in a way that ensures your progression in the program.

If the course sequencing in the planner does not work for you, please contact the School or book an appointment with an academic advisor to obtain individual advice.

Year 1

Students who have not successfully completed Queensland Senior Physics (or equivalent) should complete PHYS1171 in their first semester as an elective course.

Students completing the Physics major or extended major must also complete MATH1051/MATH1071, MATH1052/MATH1072, MATH2001, and MATH2100 in the Applied Mathematics minor.

Semester 1 and Semester 2 course options
Semester 1 (February - June)Semester 2 (July - November)
BAdvSc(Hons) core courses - complete 6 units

SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science

 

[ STAT12011 Analysis of Scientific Data OR

STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data ]

SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research

Prerequisite course for specialisation - complete 2 units
PHYS1001  Mechanics & Thermal PhysicsRefer to Semester 1 for prerequsite course for specialisation.
Compulsory course for specialisation - complete 2 units
Refer to Semester 2 for compulsory course for specialisation.PHYS1002  Electromagnetism & Modern Physics
Compulsory courses for Applied Mathematics Minor - complete 4 units
MATH10511 Calculus & Linear Algebra I
OR 
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I ]
MATH10521 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations
OR
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations ]
Elective courses - choose 2 units

2 units from program electives or general electives

Refer to BAdvSc(Hons) course list for course selection.

Elective courses available in Semester 1 only. 

 

Additional information:

  1. Course offered in Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer Semester. 

Year 2

Students completing the Physics major or extended major must also complete MATH1051/MATH1071, MATH1052/MATH1072, MATH2001, and MATH2100 in the Applied Mathematics minor.

Semester 1 and Semester 2 course options
Semester 1 (February - June)Semester 2 (July - November)
Compulsory courses for specialisation - complete 6 units

PHYS2020 Thermodynamics & Condensed Matter Physics

 

[ PHYS2041 Quantum Mechanics I OR

PHYS29411 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I ]

[ PHYS2055 Fields in Physics I OR

PHYS29552 Advanced Fields in Physics I ]

 
Compulsory courses for Applied Mathematics Minor - complete 4 units

MATH2001Calculus & Linear Algebra II OR

MATH29013 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra II ] 

MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

 

Elective courses - choose 6 units

2 units program elective or general elective

Refer to BAdvSc(Hons) course list for course selection.

4 units program elective or general elective

Refer to BAdvSc(Hons) course list for course selection.

Additional Information:

  1. Course offered from Semester 2, 2022. 
  2. Course offered from Semester 1, 2022. 
  3. Course offered in Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer Semester. 

Year 3

Semester 1 and Semester 2 course options
Semester 1 (February - June)Semester 2 (July - November)
Compulsory courses for specialisation - complete 8 units

PHYS3040 Quantum Mechanics II

 

[ PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics OR

PHYS39201 Advanced Statistical Mechanics ]

[ PHYS3051 Fields in Physics II OR

PHYS39512 Advanced Fields in Physics II ]

PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics Research

 

Elective courses - choose 8 units

4 units program elective or general elective

Refer to BAdvSc(Hons) course list for course selection.

4 units program elective or general elective

Refer to BAdvSc(Hons) course list for course selection.

Additional Information:

  1. Course offered from Semester 2, 2023. 
  2. Course offered from Semester 1, 2023. 

Year 4 - Honours

If you are interested in an honours year in a discipline that is not aligned with your specialisation, please contact the Science Student and Academic Administration Team for advice.

Semester 1 and Semester 2 course options
Semester 1 (February - June)Semester 2 (July - November)
Honours compulsory course for specialisation - complete 8 units
PHYS64871 Physics Honours Research Project (8 units) PHYS64882 Physics Honours Research Project (8 units) 
Honours elective courses for specialisation - Choose 8 units
MATH4105 General RelativityPHYS4040 Quantum Field Theory
PHYS4030 Condensed Matter PhysicsPHYS4045 Quantum Technologies
PHYS4070 Computational Physics IIPHYS4055 Atomic Physics & Quantum Optics
PHYS60043 Special Topics in PhysicsPHYS4080 Frontiers in Astrophysics
PHYS65003 Advanced Research Literature ReviewUp to 2 units of other courses at level 3 or higher approved by the head of school.

Additional Information:

  1. Code for full-time students in year long courses commencing in Semester 1. Students must re-enrol in the same code in Semester 2.
  2. Code for full-time students in year long courses commencing in Semester 2. Students must re-enrol in the same code in Semester 1 the following year.
  3. Course offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2.