PHS5021 - Advanced physics coursework B - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael J Morgan

Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in the Master of Science


The unit will be offered annually in Semester 1, 2020 in a non-standard teaching period


Students undertake advanced studies in three selected topics in physics and related fields.

These extend the expertise in theoretical and computational physics, data analysis and the skills required to effectively communicate their findings using contemporary communication tools.

The topics are:

Advanced statistical mechanics and critical phenomena

Advanced condensed matter physics - Part B

Advanced quantum information theory and quantum computation

Quantum fluids and many-body theory

X-ray optics and synchrotron science

NB: Subject to approval by the Chief Examiner, one of the topics in PHS5021 may be replaced by a topic from ASP5021Not offered in 2019


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced theoretical and computational physics, and related disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate high-level skills in theoretical/computation physics and/or experimental physics that are essential for advanced contemporary physics.
  3. Synthesize and interpret advanced knowledge in theoretical, computational and/or experimental physics.
  4. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to the solution of complex problems in contemporary physics.


Examinations (2 hours): 50%

Tests: 20%

Assignments: 30%

Workload requirements

A total of 24 hours per week

  • 3 three-hours of lectures/workshops/tutorials per week
  • Three hours of consultation and online discussions involving peers and staff.
  • 12 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Master of Science in Physics