Master of Science in Theoretical Physics

A mastery of theoretical physics 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. You will discover the breadth of theoretical physics, including understanding how non-linear dynamics can be applied to complex problems.

If you are interested in big questions, like how the universe works or how elementary particles interact with each other to form nuclei and stars, then you will enjoy learning about quantum field theory. With applications such as particle physics and condensed matter, quantum field theory is arguably the most far-reaching attempt to combine special relativity and quantum physics in a unique framework.

Drawing on world leading expertise from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, 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.

Further enquiries

Visit the Master of Science in Theoretical Physics (Coursework) and the Master of Science in Theoretical Physics (Advanced) pages on the ANU Programs and Courses website for more details on the degree programs and to apply for admission.

You can also visit the ANU Future Students site for general information on studying at ANU.

For enquiries about the program, please contact the Master of Theoretical Physics Convenor below.


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