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Bachelor of Science (Laser Physics and Technology)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324091

CRICOS 074690A

The application of lasers is at the forefront of cutting-edge science and technology, enabling dramatic changes in a range of fields including engineering, environmental studies, chemistry, medicine and fundamental physics. Lasers provide measurements in locations that are difficult to access: in outer space, deep inside the human body or inside an industrial plant, and make these measurements with more precision than by any other technique. Lasers are also used to cut and weld materials, cool matter to within a billionth of a degree of absolute zero and undertake the most delicate surgery.

This program is particularly well suited to students who wish to pursue a career at the boundary between science and advanced engineering. It will give students the problem-solving skills that are highly sought after by employers while also giving them the capability to bring ideas to fruition.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324091
    2016 CSP ATAR 72.1
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 25
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Applicants who have studied Physics 1 and/or Mathematics 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses.
    Prerequisites
    SACE Stage 2: Physics, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).


    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Physics 1 and/or Mathematics 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324091

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 074690A
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Prerequisites
    Mathematics, Physics
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1200
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,975

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    A wide range of employment opportunities exist for graduates in:

    • science communication
    • defence organisations
    • laser industry
    • remote and advanced optical sensing of the environment
    • research organisations (CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, Antarctic Division)
    • universities.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Aerospace Scientist, Laser and Photonics Scientist / Engineer, Lecturer, Defense Industry Scientist, Remote Sensing and GIS, Research Assistant, Research Associates, Satellite Project Scientist, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Teacher, Tutor, Research Scientist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure
    The program consists of core theory and laboratory training in physics, with emphasis on electromagnetic radiation, optics, quantum mechanics and lasers. Students are able to supplement their core studies with a range of courses including mathematics, computing and electrical engineering. A key feature of the program is the inclusion of cross-disciplinary tutorials from academic staff as well as tutoring sessions by guest presenters from photonics and defence industries. This direct exposure provides the opportunity for mentoring relationships to be formed, which enhances student participation in research projects alongside scientists who are well established in industry and physics discipline laboratories.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 MATHS 1011: Mathematics IA PHYSICS 1100: Physics IA Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 MATHS 1012: Mathematics IB PHYSICS 1200: Physics IB Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2S1 MATHS 2101: Multivariable and Complex Calculus MATHS 2102: Differential Equations PHYSICS 2510: Physics IIA Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 PHYSICS 2525: Physics IIB (Optics & Photonics) PHYSICS 2532: Classical Physics II PHYSICS 2534: Electromagnetism II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3S1 PHYSICS 3542: Physics III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 6 units
    or
    Approved Level III Electives 2 x 3 units
    S2 PHYSICS 3537: Experimental Physics III (Optics & Photonics) PHYSICS 3540: Optics and Photonics III PHYSICS 3544: Quantum Mechanics III Approved Level IIIElective 1 x 3 units

    Assessment

    Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of assignments, reports, tests, practical work, tutorial preparation and exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017

 

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