Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

192305 v.4 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Physics


Course CRICOS Code: 007885A
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This advanced study program has been designed to provide opportunities for both practising professionals and recent graduates to extend their scientific competence in an area of chosen specialisation. The postgraduate diploma is by coursework with options in physical methods of analysis, atmospheric and marine sciences. Instrumentally oriented units and projects provide opportunities to develop a high level of analytical and experimental skill. Instrumental units offered include x-ray analysis, radiometric techniques of analysis, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, satellite oceanography and satellite meteorology. Other units in the fields of properties of materials, marine physics and meteorology are available.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree in science with a physics major or an approved equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning in the course may be granted where candidates possess particular work experience or qualifications deemed to be relevant and appropriate. Published works, internal reports, conference papers and consulting work could form the basis for an application for recognition of prior learning in the course.

Duration and Availability

This fee paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. Flexibility in modes of study exists to meet individual study requirements, for example a mix of full and part-time study, or students may undertake intensive periods of course study or project work over the summer or vacation periods. Two intakes are offered each year, in March and August.

Course Organisation

Specifically, the course has been structured to accommodate student differences and preferences in areas of applied physics and instrumental physics.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1

Optional units to select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
5324 v.4   Physics 505 2.0 12.5
302890 v.1   Isotope Science 502 3.0 25.0
302892 v.3   Physical Oceanography 502 4.0 25.0
302893 v.2   Physics of Fluids 502 4.0 25.0
4914 v.2   Physical Properties of Materials 513 3.0 12.5
5326 v.4   Physics 507 2.0 12.5
5327 v.4   Physics 508 2.0 25.0
5328 v.5   Physics Project 591 4.0 25.0
5329 v.5   Physics Project 592 4.0 25.0
5696 v.4   Physics 595 4.0 25.0
6037 v.6   Physics 501 2.0 12.5
6383 v.5   Physical Oceanography 501 2.0 12.5
6565 v.5   Physics 502 4.0 25.0
6573 v.5   Physics 503 3.0 12.5
6574 v.5   Physics 504 2.0 25.0
7729 v.4   Instrumental Physics 501 4.0 25.0
7730 v.4   Instrumental Physics 502 4.0 25.0
7733 v.5   Physics Project 593 7.0 37.5
7734 v.5   Physics Project 594 8.0 50.0
302733 v.1   Applied Physics 502 4.0 25.0
302888 v.1   Applied Physics 504 4.0 25.0
302889 v.2   Astrophysics 502 4.0 25.0
302894 v.2   Physics of Materials 502 2.0 12.5
303982 v.2   Quantum Optics 502 2.0 25.0
303983 v.2   Remote Sensing 502 4.0 25.0
303984 v.2   Remote Sensing 504 4.0 25.0
303985 v.2   Solid State 501 4.0 25.0
303986 v.2   Waves and Oscillations 501 4.0 25.0
303987 v.2   Quantum Mechanics 501 4.0 25.0
303988 v.2   Applied Crystallography 502 4.0 25.0
N1 The above options are suggested options. Up to 2 options may be undertaken in a suitable non-physics area. These units must be chosen in consultation with the Head of Department or postgraduate coordinator
N2 Not all subjects listed will be available each semester. Subject offerings will be dictated by staff availability and student numbers


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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