Physics - PHYSLS5304

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Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Physics


Program: 5304 - Science Grad Dip (Research)


Graduate Diploma (Research) (Specialisation)

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Research projects are available in all areas of the School of Physics at UNSW: astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, music acoustics, and theoretical physics. Full-time and part-time projects are available, subject to the discretion of the supervisor. Further information on research projects offered in the School, some of which are suitable for Graduate Diploma students, can be found at

A Graduate Diploma (Research) in Physics may be completed full-time or part-time. Students may commence their enrolment in semester 1 or semester 2.

Stream Structure

The Graduate Diploma (Research) in Physics consists of 24 UOC of advanced coursework, and a research project worth 24 UOC. Courses can be chosen from:
Students may enrol into these courses in Semester 1 or Semester 2, depending on course timetabling. All courses contribute equally to the final weighted average mark for the Graduate Diploma (Research), i.e., coursework contributes a total of 50%

Research projects are available in all Departments of the School: Astrophysics; Biophysics; Condensed Matter Physics; Theoretical Physics; and Music Acoustics. Full-time and part-time projects are available, subject to the discretion of the supervisor. Students will complete 24 UOC of research, by enrolling in courses from the following:
Half way through their research project students will be required to submit a literature review. This will contribute 30% to the final research grade. Students will submit a written thesis at the end of their final session. The thesis will contribute 70% to the final research grade. Students will also be required to present a seminar at the end of their research project.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have completed a three year (full-time equivalent) Bachelor of Science, with a major in Physics, with a minimum WAM in the range 55-64%. Student with a major in a closely related area, e.g. Astrophysics, may also be eligible for admission.

It is essential that applicants identify an appropriate academic supervisor and obtain their agreement prior to submitting an application for the Graduate Diploma (Research) in Physics. Agreement of a supervisor is not a guarantee of admission but is required before an application will be considered. Information about academics in the School of Physics and their research interests is available from the School of Physics website


Students who complete the program with a sufficiently high weighted average mark would be eligible for entry to a higher degree research program (MSc or PhD).
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