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Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement

Overview

Technology is advancing more and more everyday, and this program will prepare you to be at the forefront of the technology revolution. Learn how technology works, how to advance it and how to measure it all. Be at the frontier of the development of new and more precise instrumentation with the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement from Australia's national university.

With a combination of contemporary and classic knowledge and techniques, you will be working across three research schools – Physics and Engineering, Earth Sciences and Astronomy and Astrophysics, giving you the flexibility to specialise in your area of interest.

ANU scientists have designed and developed instrumentation for the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves, and this facility is just one of many that you will have access to during your studies.

Key facts

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

  • 2 years full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

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

World class facilities

Use 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 a next-gen thirty-meter class optical telescope. 

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Advanced program

Extend your practical, coursework experience in precision instrumentation and measurement with the development and implementation of a research project and thesis. Develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and a dissertation.

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Program details

The Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement is a mix of coursework and projects, both individual and group-based research. You can study topics such as noise and measurement, photonic sensing systems, electronics and data analysis, scientific computing, leadership and influence, unravelling complexity, innovation, and science public policy.

Through this program you will also develop a critical understanding of the role of science in society, a vital skill that will enable you to identify, communicate and respond to societal needs and global challenges.

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.

Careers

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's of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement can also lead to 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.

Learning experience

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Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Access the $30-million AITC, a world-class facility for the assembly, integration and testing of space-based instruments and small satellites.

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The Uppsala-Schmidt Telescope at Mount Stromlo

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Work in a world-respected community of researchers who have made major contributions to astronomy. Map the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discover planets orbiting other stars, and study dark matter in nearby galaxies.

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Fees & scholarships

Fees

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

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Scholarships

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.

Teachers

Dr Robert Ward

Dr Robert Ward

Robert's research is primarily on interferometry development for precision measurement related to gravitational wave detection, such as the development of squeezed light sources and low-frequency gravitational force sensors, as well as commissioning of the Advanced LIGO interferometers.

Professor Francois Rigaut

Professor Francois Rigaut

Francois leads adaptive optics (AO) activities at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, concentrating on two main projects: a Laser Tomography AO system for the Giant Magellan Telescope and an AO prototype for conditioning of laser beams used in space debris tracking, nudging and de-orbiting.

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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