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Physics (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major


Physics Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 95


The Physics major (BAdvSci) (Honours) provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Physics with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Those who study physics are fascinated by fundamental questions about the origin, nature and function of our Universe. Physics seeks to explain relationships involving the smallest and the largest structures, utilising the four known forces: strong, weak, electromagnetic and Ggavitational.

This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. The flexible and personalised approach to studying physics enables you to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. It provides opportunities for you to source and undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experiences, which can be used for course credit.

Your capstone experience offers you the opportunity to pursue physics projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

You can gain considerable knowledge and skills, while conducting physics experiments and solving real-world problems mathematically or computationally, which find application in a wide range of careers.

The high-level mathematics and computer science in this course aligns it with high-profile international projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.

Work-based learning is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

We offer a high-quality, student-centred learning environment, that offers personal attention from academic staff at all levels.

The integration of embedded research projects with our postgraduate research groups is exceptional, with high postgraduate and staff numbers relative to undergraduate students. This leads to a very high undergraduate engagement with our research teams and international collaborators.

Graduates enjoy a high level of employment flexibility, as their analytical ability, problem solving skills and logical thinking is broadly applicable at the highest levels of industry or government organisations.

How this course will make you industry ready

Through embedded research and industry engagement, you'll have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor a final-year experience that prepares you for the career of your choice.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Many international equivalents of the AIP also accept graduates as members.

This course is also endorsed by the Naval Shipbuilding College.

Career information


  • Astrophysicist
  • Computational physicist
  • Environmental physicist
  • Finance analysts
  • Materials analyst
  • Medical Physicists
  • Meteorologist
  • Satellite remote-sensing scientist


  • Astronomy
  • Defence
  • Environmental consultation
  • Manufacturing

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced ability to apply physics knowledge and understanding to solve physics problems and recognise the limitations of physics theories and the problem solving capability of physics
  • analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems and generate testable theories to examine them; generate innovative solutions to problems by designing and carrying out physics experiments, integrating new and established knowledge
  • access and make judgements on the value of a wide variety of existing information in the physical sciences; compare, contrast and develop new interpretations using physical science results and information from a wide variety of sources on the basis of reliability, accuracy and precision
  • communicate approaches, ideas, findings and solutions to problems concisely and coherently in a variety of modes to informed professional audiences
  • design/build/use appropriate experimental apparatus or algorithms to solve problems; apply appropriate technologies to solving problems while evaluating their limitations and advantages
  • understand that physics is a dynamic field of study; demonstrate initiative and intellectual independence by taking advantage of opportunities for continuing education
  • consider problems in the physical sciences from a global perspective and recognise the inherent universal nature of the physical sciences
  • work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of cultural backgrounds and recognising that nature-physics and its language are a-cultural
  • collaborate effectively as a leader of research or as part of a research team while applying an ethical approach to analysis of scientific data and information

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 14
IB 37
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 90
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 95
India (CBSE) 98
Sri Lanka 14

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADPHY
  • Last updated on: November 30, 2020