Master science theoretical physics

Master of Science in Theoretical Physics (Advanced option available)


A Master of Science in Theoretical Physics from Australia's national university is your key to unlocking 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.

This degree brings students to the cutting edge of research in an interactive training environment, being taught by some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. 

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.  

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for the Advanced version of this program.

Key facts

  • #1 in Australia for Physics and Astronomy (QS 2023)

  • #1 in Australia for Physics and Astronomy (THE 2023)

  • 2 years full time

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

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

  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for the Advanced version of this program


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.

The program delivers theoretical skills relevant to future technologies of strategic economic importance, such as for the development of quantum computing and technology, and finance.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2022. 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


National Computational Infrastructure

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Bram Slagmolen

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


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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Prof Mangazeev

Associate Professor Vladimir Mangazeev

Prof Mangazeev

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; and algebraic structures in mathematical physics.

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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