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Honours subject area

About this honours subject area

If you are interested in a research career in physics, an honours degree is realistically the minimum requirement. It is also necessary to have an Honours degree before proceeding to postgraduate study.

By doing honours in physics you gain not only the benefit of studying physics to a higher level (with a wide choice of courses to be taken), but you also gain invaluable experience in undertaking a research project supervised by one or more members of staff, and producing a report.

Many students also end up publishing one or more scientific papers based on their honours research.

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research.

Our 120 staff and 160 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments.

With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research.

During the honours year you will be welcomed as a member of the active research group in which you undertake your project.

You will be provided with office accommodation and access to the School's extensive computer facilities plus sophisticated software and (where relevant) laboratory and astronomical equipment.

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About honours

The honours year represents the bridge between undergraduate studies (which are content-driven) and postgraduate studies (which are research-driven).

During honours, you will undertake a major research project on a specialised topic under the direction of a supervisor (and sometimes a co-supervisor), submit a thesis embodying the results of your investigation and undertake the relevant coursework.

Unit of study requirements for Honours in the area of Physics: completion of 24 credit points of project work and 24 credit points of coursework.

For further details about honours and who to contact for more information, please visit the Science honours page.


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