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Graduate Diploma in Physics

Degree Type Graduate Diploma

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GD045

CRICOS 001315F

No new admissions into this program for 2017.

 This program is no longer offered to Future students. Please search for related degrees that may be of interest. For assistance, please contact Ask Adelaide

Programs are tailored to an individual’s background, interests and career objectives. Students will obtain and extend fundamental competencies
in Physics, and study the latest advances in their specialisation under the supervision of academic and research staff who are internationally recognised for their research.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3GD045
    Mid-year entry? Yes
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed Bachelors degree in Science or Engineering with a major in Physics.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants for postgraduate coursework programs in physics must summarise in their own words the syllabus (including laboratory) for each of the most advanced physics and mathematics subjects on their academic record (up to 4 pages overall). Subject descriptions provided by your University (if available) may be appended to the summary. Please submit this information to the Faculty of Sciences Office and be sure to include your SATAC reference number: Email: Faculty of Sciences Office Ground Floor, Darling Building, North Terrace Campus The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD045

    International applicants

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    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $27,500

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    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

    Graduates of coursework programs in physics can choose from a broad range of careers, for example in optics and laser industries, defence industry, telecommunications, meteorology, environmental physics, space & ionospheric physics, geophysics, merchant banking, teaching and bioinformatics.

    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
  • 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.

  • Degree Structure
    The Graduate Diploma (24 units) includes 18 units of coursework (9 units core) and a 6-unit research project.

    Academic Program Rules

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


    Areas of Specialisation

    Applied Physics; Astrophysics; Atmospheric Physics; Optics and Lasers; Theoretical Physics

    Example Study Plan

    Coursework comprising options with an aggregate value of at least 18 units, including at least 9 units from the courses listed in (iii).

    These courses may be chosen from:

    (i) The following list, to the value of no more than 9 units;

    +A maximum of one of these three courses may be chosen

    (ii) Courses listed under Academic Program Rules for other coursework by Masters degrees, subject to approval by the Program Coordinator.

    (iii) The following courses to the value of no less than 6 units 

    * not offered every year

    NOTE: The courses to be offered in any year will be dependant on staff availability and student demand.



    Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of assignments, tests, written exams and a supervised research project

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016


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