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Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement (Advanced option available)


Position yourself at the frontier of the development of new technology with the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement from Australia's leading university.

This hands-on program, combining coursework and project-based work, allows you access to our world-class labs and facilities across physics, Earth science, and astronomy and astrophysics  - including where ANU scientists designed and developed instrumentation for the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves.

You will work alongside our researchers active in this growing industry to solve complex measurement problems from beginning to end: learning principles and core skills; designing engineering systems; building, testing and calibrating; and analysing your results.

Your areas of study can include noise and measurement, photonic sensing systems, electronics and data analysis, scientific computing, leadership and influence, unravelling complexity, and innovation.

You will also develop a critical understanding of the role of science in society and the impact of emerging technologies on public policy, and management skills for new ventures.

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 research projects supervised by an academic. 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. A Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement can also lead to a PhD.

Key facts

  • #1 in Australia for Physics and Astronomy (QS 2022)

  • 2 years full time

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)


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Katherine Kinder

"All my life, I have had a great interest in scientific measurement and how high precision instruments work. When I saw this degree, I knew it was perfect for me. It has provided me with lots of interesting courses, a multitude of practical experience as well as the knowledge and connections to help me progress into a career in scientific instrumentation and measurement."

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Mrunmayi Deshpande

"The Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement is a unique blend of physical engineering and astronomy. It also has a research component that makes the degree all-round. It taught me real life implementation of science and instrumentation."


Precision instrumentation and measurement is a rapidly growing research area with enormous potential for applications across the electronics manufacturing, telecommunications, navigation, defence and aerospace industries. ANU has an impressive pedigree in the development of new scientific instrumentation with a number of our research projects resulting in profitable spin-out companies.

Graduates with the skillset offered by the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement are in high demand in advanced manufacturing, research and development in a range of high-tech industries, and government research institutes. 

The Advanced program is also a pathway to further research, such as a PhD.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Pioneers of breakthrough technologies

Read more about Liquid Instruments and Vai Photonics, two of the spin-out companies started by researchers from the ANU Research School of Physics. 

Learning experience


Our world-class facilities

At ANU, you'll have access to cutting-edge labs and facilities, including the $30-million Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre for the assembly, integration and testing of space-based instruments and small satellites, and the Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics. 

More on the Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics facilities

Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

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Dr Johannes Eichholz

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Johannes is a researcher with the ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).

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Dr Chathura Bandutunga

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Chathura is a researcher at the ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics, developing fibre optic metrology architectures using FPGA based, high speed real-time digital signal processing.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

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