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Our undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs are all deeply linked to our areas of research excellence in quantum science, photonics, optical science, biophotonics, astronomy and astrophysics.
Astronomy and astrophysics
Bachelor of Science with a major in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Bachelor of Advanced Science with a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics
More double degrees available
Bachelor of Science with a major in physics
Bachelor of Advanced Science with a specialisation in physics
More double degrees available
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers several undergraduate vacation scholarships each year.
2020 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.
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
The degree is a two year degree with advanced course work in the first year while 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 program. For much more information about the Macquarie MRes and PhD programs click here.
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. For information about the coursework component and available units in 2021 see here.
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:
We consider applications from prospective PhD candidates all year round, and scholarships may be available for suitable approved applicants at the time of offer. Scholarships provide for living expenses, with additional support available to all higher degree research students for equipment and travel.
Direct entry into the three-year Doctor of Philosophy requires prior completion of a two-year Masters program, with at least one year of research. If you haven't completed a two-year coursework+research Masters, you can instead be offered a bundled admission to the second year of the Macquarie University Masters of Research and then on to the Doctor of Philosophy. Scholarships may be available.
If you're interested in the MRes or PhD programs read about our excellence in research and the PhD projects currently on offer in Physics and Astronomy. Or find out more about the Macquarie MRes and PhD programs here. For examples of projects on offer in the Department see:
General questions can be directed to the Physics and Astronomy HDR Director: A/Prof Alex Fuerbach. Expressions of interest for admission to a PhD program in Physics and Astronomy should be directed to the following staff, including your CV, transcript (undergraduate and Masters) and up to three projects of interest to you. should only be made via the Expression of Interest form. We will then contact you, can confirm if you meet the entry requirements and will guide you through the application process.