Honours structure


50% Coursework 50% Research Project


The coursework is entirely in Semester 1. It consists of 4 compulsory 6 unit courses considered to be fundamental parts of physics and foundational to your study:

Advanced Quantum Mechanics (PHYS4100)
Advanced Electricomagnetism (PHYS4102)
Advanced Classical Mechanics (PHYS4103)
Advanced Statistical Mechanics (PHYS4104)

Each course has a compulsory first part, with a selection of optional units for the second part of the course. More details about this can be found through the links given above.

All honours lectures will be held in the Research School of Physics and Engineering on level 4 of the Huxley Building (building 56) - in Room H4.20 and adjacent areas. Room H4.20 will also be the location of meetings and information sessions throughout the year.

At the discretion of the Honours Coordinator, students may be allowed to substitute for one or more of the courses listed above. Examples include students who have not previously done so taking Theoretical Physics (PHYS3001) in place of Quantum Mechanics, or taking Topics in Mathematical Physics (MATH3351).

Research project

The research project is largely undertaken in second semester, and is a single 24 unit course (PHYS4110). This opportunity to undertake original research is a key part of the honours experience.

The project is expected to be a substantial and original piece of research in physics, supervised either by someone in RSPE, or by a physicist who is working at ANU outside of the school (for example in Chemistry or Geophysics).

The project mark is divided as follows:
2% mid-year talk
5% end of year talk
93% written thesis.


In 2016, honours courses will start on the 15th of February and end on the 27th of May. All assessment items including any exams will be completed within this period.

There is a two week break from the 1st of April to 18th of April. Students are expected to work on their research project during this time. Advice on how best to spend this time will be provided by the honours convenors and supervisors. Students will need to select their optional units for each course and communicate their choice to the honours convenors no later than Friday the 15th of April.

From May 27th until the honours submission deadline on the 27th of October, students will focus entirely on their honours thesis research.

Mid-year starts

Students are able to commence their honours year in second semester. In this case, students will commence their research project on the 18th July, 2016. Theses will be required to be submitted before the commencement of coursework in Semester 1, with a due date of 11th February, 2017 (date to be confirmed).

Updated:  15 June 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSPE/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster