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Physics

Honours unit of study table (Table A)

Honours in Physics is embedded within the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Students are required to successfully undertake a 24-credit-point 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 credit-point of 4000-level coursework selective units.

Honours in Physics is available to students with a major in physics, subject to requirements on their average grades. Most physics honours units have advanced 3000-level physics units as assumed knowledge. 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.

Honours Coordinator:

E physics.honours@sydney.edu.au

Physics (Honours)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Physics) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework selective units from List 1, and
(ii) 6 credit points of 4000-level and 5000-level Honours coursework selective units from List 1, or List 2, and
(iii) 6 credit points of 4000-level and above Honours coursework selective units from List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4, or List 5, and
(iv) 24 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites
C: Corequisites N: Prohibition

Honours Coursework Selective

List 1
PHYS4121
Advanced Electrodynamics and Photonics
6 A A major in physics including third-year electromagnetism and third-year optics
P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units including (PHYS3x35 or PHYS3x40 or PHYS3941)
PHYS4122
Astrophysics and Space Science
6 A A major in physics
P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units
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
PHYS4124
Physics of the Standard Model
6 A A major in physics including third-year quantum physics and third-year particle physics
P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units including (PHYS3X34 or PHYS3X42 or PHYS3X43 or PHYS3X44)
PHYS4125
Quantum Field Theory
6 A A major in physics including third-year 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)
PHYS4126
Quantum Nanoscience
6 A A major in physics including third-year quantum physics and third-year condensed matter physics
P An average of at least 65 in 144 cp of units
List 2
PHYS4015
Neural Dynamics and Computation
6 A First- and second-year physics
P 144cp of units including (MATH1x01 or MATH1x21 or MATH1906 or MATH1931) and MATH1x02
PHYS4016
Bayesian Data Inference and Machine Learning
6 A 48 credit points of 3000-level units of study and programming experience in Python
P 144 credit points of units of study including (12cp of MATH1001 or MATH1002 or MATH1003 or MATH1004 or MATH1005 or MATH1021 or MATH1023 or MATH1064 or MATH1115 or MATH19XX or DATA1X01)
PHYS4017
Practitioner Physics
6 A 48cp of 3000-level units, and a major or minor in Physics
P 144 credit points of units of study including 12cp of PHYS1XXX
PHYS4036
Condensed Matter and Particle Phys (Hons)
6 A (MATH2X21 or MATH2X61 or MATH2067). Students will need to have some knowledge of special relativity, for example from prior study of PHYS2013 or PHYS2913, or from studying Chapter 12 of "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by D.J. Griffith
P 144 credit points of units of study including [6 credit points of (PHYS3X34 or PHYS3X90 or PHYS3991) and 6 credit points of (PHYS3X42 or PHYS3X43 or PHYS3X44)]
N PHYS3036 or PHYS3936 or PHYS3080 or PHYS3980 or PHYS3068 or PHYS3968 or PHYS3069 or PHYS3969 or PHYS3074 or PHYS3974
PHYS4037
Plasma and Astrophysics (Hons)
6 A (MATH2X21 or MATH2X61 or MATH2067)
P 144 credit points of units including (PHYS3X35 or PHYS3X40 or PHYS3941)
N PHYS3037 or PHYS3937 or PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944
PHYS4801
Industrial Ecology
6
PHYS4802
Quantitative Disaster Analysis
6  
PHYS5002
Anatomy and Biol Essentials for Physicists
6  
PHYS5005
Radiotherapy Physics
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
PHYS5006
Medical Imaging Physics
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
PHYS5011
Nuclear Physics and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
PHYS5012
Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
N PHYS5001
PHYS5018
Health Physics and Radiation Protection
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
PHYS5020
Computation and Image Processing
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
PHYS5029
Nuclear Medicine Physics
6 A Students should have basic undergraduate level physics and maths
PHYS5031
Ecological Econ and Sustainable Analysis
6  
PHYS5032
Techniques for Sustainability Analysis
6  
PHYS5033
Environmental Footprints and IO Analysis
6  
PHYS5034
Life Cycle Analysis
6  
List 3
4000-level or 5000-level units from the School of Mathematics and Statistics
List 4
HPSC4101
Philosophy of Science
6 P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
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 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A or Medicine and Health Table A.
Mid-year honours students would take this unit of study in S1 (their second semester of study).
SCIE4002
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
6 A Completion of units in quantitative research methods, mathematics or statistical analysis at least at 1000-level
P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A
N ENVX3002 or STAT3X22 or STAT4022 or STAT3X12
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 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A
N HSBH3004 or HPSC3107
List 5
COMP5046
Natural Language Processing
6 A Knowledge of an OO programming language
N COMP4446
COMP5310
Principles of Data Science
6 A Good understanding of relational data model and database technologies as covered in ISYS2120 or COMP9120 (or equivalent UoS from different institutions)
N INFO3406 OR OCMP5310
COMP5318
Machine Learning and Data Mining
6 A Experience with programming and data structures as covered in COMP2123 OR COMP2823 or COMP9123 (or equivalent unit of study from different institutions).
N COMP4318 OR OCMP5318
COMP5328
Advanced Machine Learning
6 C COMP5318 OR COMP4318 OR COMP3308 OR COMP3608
N COMP4328 OR OCMP5328
COMP5329
Deep Learning
6 A COMP4318 OR COMP5318
N COMP4329 OR OCMP5329
COMP9120
Database Management Systems
6

A Some exposure to programming and some familiarity with data model concepts
N INFO2120 OR INFO2820 OR INFO2005 OR INFO2905 OR COMP5138 OR ISYS2120. Students who have previously studied an introductory database subject as part of their undergraduate degree should not enrol in this foundational unit, as it covers the same foundational content

Students who have previously studied an introductory database subject as part of their undergraduate degree should not enrol in this foundational unit, as it covers the same foundational content

DATA5441
Networks and High-dimensional Inference
6 A Linear algebra (matrices, eigenvalues, etc.); introductory concepts in statistics (statistical models, inference); a programming language
models, inference); a programming language.
AERO4701
Space Engineering 3
6 P 65% average in {[AERO3360 and (AERO2460 or AERO3460) and AERO3560 and AERO3760] or (AERO3760 and MECH3261 and MECH3361 and MECH3660) or (AERO3760 and AMME3500 and MECH3660 and MTRX3700)} and must have passed AERO3760. Students must have achieved a 65% average mark in 3rd year for enrolment in this unit.
AMME8520
Advanced Control and Optimisation
6 A Strong understanding of feedback control systems, specifically in the area of system modelling and control design in the frequency domain
N AMME5520
AMME9302
Introduction to Engineering Materials
6 N AMME5302 OR CIVL5501
BMET5931
Nanomaterials in Medicine
6 A [[(BIOL1xxx OR MBLG1xxx) AND CHEM1xxx AND PHYS1xxx] OR [(AMME1961 OR BMET1961)] AND (MECH2901 OR BMET2901)]] AND (NANO2xxx OR AMME1362)
N AMME5931
BMET9981
Applied Biomedical Engineering
6 A AMME9301 AND AMME9302 AND AMME9500 AND MECH9361
N AMME4981 or BMET4981 OR AMME5981 OR AMME9981
CHNG5602
Biophysics and Biosensors
6  
ELEC5213
Engineering Optimisation
6 A Linear algebra, differential calculus, and numerical methods. Competency at programming in a high-level language (such as Matlab or Python)
ELEC5511
Optical Communication Systems
6 A (ELEC3405 OR ELEC9405) AND (ELEC3505 OR ELEC9505). Basic knowledge of communications, electronics and photonics
ELEC5516
Electrical and Optical Sensor Design
6 A Math Ext 1, fundamental concepts of signal and systems, fundamental electrical circuit theory and analysis
ELEC9405
Communications Electronics and Photonics
6 A A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed
N ELEC5738

Honours Core Research Project

PHYS4103
Physics Honours Project A
6  
PHYS4104
Physics Honours Project B
6 C PHYS4103
PHYS4105
Physics Honours Project C
6 C PHYS4104
PHYS4106
Physics Honours Project D
6 C PHYS4105 and SCIE4999
SCIE4999
Final Honours Mark
0