Master of Research

Master of Research

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:

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