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PH4511 - Physical Sciences Honours Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Subject chain: PH4511 PH4512
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to graduates who have achieved a credit average in relevant third year subjects in an undergraduate degree at this University and have shown an ability to apply physical ideas to their discipline. Graduates from other universities with equivalent qualifications will be considered for acceptance. Except with the approval of the Head of School/Associate Dean, all subjects in a chain must be studied in consecutive teaching periods.

The Honours in Physical Sciences program is intended for students whose undergraduate major is not in Physics, but who have a major in another science (or related) discipline and want to carry out a project where mathematical and physical techniques can be applied to that area. As part of the program, students will need to acquire skills in mathematical and physics that are appropriate to the project. Most students will also be directed to study subjects within the School at an upper undergraduate or postgraduate level in order to obtain these skills. Students eligible to do Physics Honours will be encouraged to take the Physics Honours option.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to carry out a substantial piece of research and write a dissertation;
  • ability to formulate and solve research problems;
  • to understand theoretical concepts in a broad range of topics which give background to the research project.

Subject Assessment

  • 10% for each of three completed subjects selected with supervisor's approval - (30%) - Individual
  • Thesis: 65% Oral Presentation: 5% - (70%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: Admission to Physical Sciences Honours


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Professor Ronald White
Lecturers: Dr Murray Davies, Professor Ronald White.

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coord/Lect: Professor Ronald White.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.