Master science theoretical physics

Master of Science in Theoretical Physics (Advanced option available)

Overview

A Master of Science in Theoretical Physics from Australia's national university allows you to unlock the secrets of our universe. From quantum field theory to general relativity, theoretical physics not only answers the most fundamental questions of our existence, but is also at the forefront of scientific discovery.

Take gravitational waves for example. Researchers at The Australian National University supplied equipment and techniques used in the detection of gravitational waves, opening up a new avenue for astronomical discovery. This global scientific collaboration was the culmination of a 100-year journey that started with Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

The Master of Science in Theoretical Physics brings students to the cutting edge of research in an interactive training environment, being taught by some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists.

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

  • Prior learning recognised

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

World class facilities

Access an array of world class national research facilities at the Research School of Physics.

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Advanced program

Extend your practical, coursework experience in quantum technology with the development and implementation of a research project and thesis.

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Program details

You will discover the breadth of theoretical physics, including understanding how non-linear dynamics can be applied to complex problems like understanding how neural networks work, developing crack proof quantum encryption or designing night-vision technology.  

Drawing on world leading expertise from the ANU Research School of Physics, this program will provide you with the techniques and skills necessary for a bright future in research or related careers in education, science and industry.

Advanced program

The Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics program provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical and coursework experience in theoretical physics with the development and implementation of a research project supervised by an academic. This is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU and pursue a career in research.

Careers

Drawing on world leading expertise from the ANU Research School of Physics, this program will provide you with the techniques and skills necessary for a bright future in research or related careers in education, science and industry.

A MSc is internationally the most recognised science Masters degree, and anticipates the need for a future global workforce with advanced training in STEM fields.

The program will deliver theoretical skills relevant to future technologies of strategic economic importance, such as for the development of quantum computing and technology, as well as in finance, which will benefit the Australian economy.

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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National Computational Infrastructure

Access the Southern Hemisphere’s most highly-integrated supercomputer and filesystems, Australia’s highest performance research cloud, and one of the nation’s largest data catalogues—all supported by an expert team.

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Making history with physics at ANU

Physicists at ANU made a critical contribution to what is being hailed as the scientific breakthrough of the century: the detection of gravitational waves.

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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

Prof Mangazeev

A/Prof Vladimir Mangazeev, program convenor

Vladimir's areas of expertise include: ordinary differential equations, difference equations and dynamical systems; statistical mechanics, physical combinatorics and mathematical aspects of condensed matter; partial differential equations; plasma physics, fusion plasmas, electrical discharges; algebraic structures in mathematical physics; and numerical and computational mathematics.

Susan Scott

Professor Susan Scott

Susan has made ground-breaking discoveries in the fields of general relativity and gravitational wave science. Her theoretical work includes advancing our understanding of both singularities and the global structure of space-time. Susan has also been a pioneer in the analysis of astrophysical signatures in gravitational wave experiments.

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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