Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement

Research School of Physics & Engineering

Do you want to work with the most advanced technology?  Are you interested in how things work?  Measurement is at the heart of scientific discovery, and the frontiers of knowledge are expanded through the development of new and more precise instrumentation. This program will draw on the history and current expertise across three research schools at ANU: the Research School of Physics and Engineering, the Research School of Earth Sciences, and the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Each of these Schools are at the forefront of modern scientific research and have outstanding pedigree in the development of advanced scientific instrumentation. 

ANU scientists have designed and developed instrumentation for the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves, a high-resolution ion microprobe for geological analysis, a high-resolution x-ray computed tomography instrument for the study of porous and disordered materials, and an integral-field spectrograph for an international, next-generation, thirty-meter class optical telescope. 

In this program you will have the opportunity to learn the most advanced techniques for studying the heavens, the Earth, and everything in between.  The interdisciplinary expertise you acquire will impact on diverse areas of fundamental scientific research as well as industrial applications. The program aims to produce graduates with deep insight and creative know-how to pursue related careers in science, industry and government, with a focus on innovation, teamwork, and getting results. The degree is a mix of course work and projects, both individual research as well as group-based.  

Advanced program

The Advanced program provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical, coursework experience in precision instrumentation and measurement with the development and implementation of a research project and thesis. You will be required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU.

Career opportunities

Pursue a career at the forefront of precision instrumentation. A masters degree specialising in precision instrumentation and measurement provides you with the skills to develop the instrumentation technologies that underpin the advancement of science and industry.  ANU has a strong pedigree in the development of new scientific instrumentation, and our graduates are highly sought-after and go on to find interesting careers in a range of areas.  A Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement can also lead to a PhD.