Honours is an additional year of study after completing a Bachelor’s degree. In your Physics Honours year, you will extend the skills and knowledge you gained during your undergraduate degree, but also build new skills and knowledge through the research project, where you will complete original research under the guidance of an experienced physicist.
Good marks in your Honours year will make you eligible for a PhD program in Australia and possibly overseas. Even if you are not planning to complete a PhD, Honours still teaches you a wide range of skills useful in the workplace, such as managing long-term projects, communicating your knowledge clearly, and solving complex problems.
Application and enrolment information, as well as admission criteria are available in the College of Science Honours Handbook.
50% Coursework 50% Research Project
The coursework is entirely in Semester 1. It consists of one 6 unit Research Training course, and three 6 unit Physics courses. You can choose these three courses from the following:
Subject to approval, you can also chose to do one of the following courses, provided that you did not complete third year versions of these courses earlier:
The research training course will help you get prepared to write your Honours thesis, and guide you in the initial work on your research project, such as background reading. The course will cover a range of skills needed for your thesis, including:
The course assessment will comprise research journal entries (about scientific papers you read), assignments, and a research proposal for your Honours project.
In your research project, you will undertake a substantial and original piece of research in some area of physics you have chosen. Your project can be supervised by an academic at the Research School of Physics, or a physicist working at ANU outside the school (for example, in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, or Mathematics). The Physics Project page is a great place to start looking for projects and supervisors.
The research project is largely undertaken in second semester, with a 24 unit course value in the second semester (PHYS4110).
The project mark is divided as follows:
You can start your honours year in second semester. You will work on your research project over Semester 2 of the year, and also complete the Research Training course in this time. During Semester 1 of the next year, you will then finish work on your research project during the 6-point Research Project course, at the same time as completing 18 units of Physics courses. Your thesis will be due at the end of coursework in Semester 1. For the important dates, please see the Honours Timeline of the College of Science
Timeline can be referenced from the College of Science Honours Timeline