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Our undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs are all deeply linked to our areas of research excellence in quantum science, photonics, biophotonics, astronomy and astrophysics.

Undergraduate courses

Astronomy and astrophysics

Bachelor of Science with a major in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Bachelor of Advanced Science with a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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More double degrees available

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Bachelor of Science with a major in physics

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Bachelor of Advanced Science with a specialisation in physics

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More double degrees available

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Vacation scholarships

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers several undergraduate vacation scholarships each year.

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2019 Physics Bridging Course

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a bridging course which provides a solid foundation for your university studies in physics, astronomy, engineering, medical sciences, and related disciplines.

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Higher degree research

Macquarie’s physics and astronomy research is world leading. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our physical sciences research received a rating of 5 out of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard'.

As an HDR candidate you will work alongside outstanding researchers on fundamental and applied physics in optics, photonics and lasers; astronomy and astrophysics; or quantum information science.

A range of cutting-edge projects are available, involving work in areas such as:

  • building powerful new lasers with pure diamond crystals and novel optical fibres
  • fabricating 3D photonic integrated circuits using high-intensity femtosecond lasers
  • designing new sensors based on levitated quantum mechanical systems
  • harnessing the angular momentum of light at the quantum level, and
  • studying collisions between planets and dying stars

Postgraduate Research Expression of Interest Form

The degree is a two year degree made up of a total of 64 credit points. The first year is 32 credit points of advanced course work, the second year is predominately research culminating in a thesis.

Students with existing honours or coursework masters degrees can apply to enter directly into Year 2 of the Macquarie MRes programme.


Enquiries can be directed to the Physics and Astronomy MRes Advisors: Gavin Brennen, Joanne Dawson

Fees and Financial Support

Please see the following for details:

Yearly Programs

Please see the following pages for all the details:

MRes Year 1

The first year of MRes is primarily coursework. Students select from course options in physics and (optionally) other Departments within the Faculty of Science.

Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Name
Units marked with a (C) are compulsory. Choose 4 units; units from other departments can be chosen (subject to approval).
PHYS700 (C) Research Frontiers in Physics and Astronomy 1 Unit Details
PHYS701 Mathematical Methods in Physics Unit Details
PHYS702 Statistical Physics   Unit Details

Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Name
Units marked with a (C) are compulsory. Choose 4 units; units from other departments can be chosen (subject to approval).
MRES700 (C) Research Communications Unit Details
PHYS704 Nanobiophotonics Unit Details
PHYS714 Quantum Information and Technology Unit Details
ASTR707 Advanced Astrophysics Unit Details
ASTR708 Introduction to Particle Physics and Cosmology Unit Details
PHTN702 Advanced Photonics Unit Details
PHYS798Physics and Astronomy Special Topic 1Unit Details

MRes Year 2

The second year of the MRes programme is centred around a major independent research project, which students carry out under the guidance of their project supervisors. The year is designed to provide a structured approach to research, in which students are guided in developing high-level expertise in their chosen discipline, framing and planning a research project, acquiring cutting-edge technical skills, building their research networks, and eventually completing a significant (~50-page) written thesis, worth 90% of their final Year 2 grade.

As well as carrying out their own original research, students attend professional skills workshops, produce a formal project plan, synthesise the latest innovations and current state of their field, and attend external research and networking events such as a conference or externally-hosted colloquia.

For examples of projects on offer in the Department see:

Further Information

Please see the university links below for more details:

  1. Research Training

Also note the physics and astronomy research and the research centres located in the department:

Facilities at the Photonics Research Centre

We are currently looking for new PhD students for 2019/2020 start dates. Scholarships are available for both Australian and International students. Scholarships provide at least $27,000 per year for living expenses, with additional support for equipment and travel.

To be eligible for direct entry to a 3-year PhD, you will need a two-year Masters, with at least one year of research. If your Masters does not fit this description, you can instead be offered a ‘bundled scholarship’ to the second year of the Macquarie University Masters of Research and then on to PhD – this four year route has a full scholarship in all years.

Interested? Read about our Research Excellence and choose a PhD Project.

Explore the three Research Themes within the Department of Physics and Astronomy:

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Photonics and Optical Science

Quantum Science and Technology

Browse our above research, and submit an Expression of Interest form. We consider applications from prospective PhD candidates all year round, and scholarships are available for suitable approved applicants at the time of offer.


Enquiries should only be made via the Expression of Interest form. Your prospective supervisor will then contact you, can confirm if you meet the entry requirements and will guide you through the application process. Alternatively, general questions can be directed to the Physics and Astronomy HDR Director: Alex Fuerbach

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