The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The Honours Program in Physics is designed to give students an advanced understanding of specific topics in modern physics through coursework and a research project. PHYS4120 and PHYS4220 comprise a research project related to current research interests in Physics - Surface Physics, Near-Earth Space Physics, Solid State Physics and Medical Physics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Competence in researching the scientific literature

2. A significantly enhanced understanding of how to apply their knowledge of physics to real physical systems independently and collaboratively

3. The capacity to devise and employ effective and creative strategies in problem solving, in conducting research, and in analysing and modelling the behaviour of physical systems.

4. Mastery of a range of experimental, theoretical and/or computational techniques

5. An enhanced ability to effectively communicate their knowledge of physics to a wide variety of audiences


A major research project in one of the current research areas of the discipline supervised by a member of academic staff.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program.

Assumed knowledge

A major in Physics with a Credit grade average in at least 40 units of 3000 level physics courses.

Assessment items

Thesis: Written Research Thesis

Presentation: Oral Thesis Presentation and defence

Viva Voce: Viva voce

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Individual Supervision: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Meetings and laboratory times will be by arrangement with the project supervisor.