Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in High Performance Computational Physics
Enter the world of supercomputers
Love calculations, formulas and data-enabled science? Want to solve cutting-edge problems at the forefront of physics?
Computational physics is a rapidly growing and highly interdisciplinary research area. High performance computations are an essential part of modern research in particle physics, condensed-matter physics, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, quantum field theory, quantum chromodynamics, and plasma physics.
What will you do?
In our Bachelor of Science (High Performance Computational Physics)(Honours) you will:
- find answers to cutting-edge problems using high-performance computing
- learn to program parallel supercomputers using state-of-the-art computer languages
- access the University's supercomputer, Phoenix; a 300 teraflop high-performance computer
- immerse yourself in small group discovery experiences with like-minded peers
- take core courses in physics, mathematics and computer science
- apply sophisticated computing skills to modern physics problems.
Where could it take you?
Your advanced computational and mathematical skills will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers ranging from the computer industry—including cybersecurity and defence—to physics research and investment banking.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
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I am a:
SATAC Code 324171 2020 CSP ATAR 85.3 2020 CSP IB 31 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 90 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 33 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 79.8 Median ATAR to receive an offer 92.3 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.55 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 85.3 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.35 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95 Minimum eligibility score 90 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. 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. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324171
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students N/A N/A All students 13 100.0%
CRICOS 047800B Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $4,745
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
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.
Degree StructureLevel 1 consists of core courses in physics, mathematics and computing science, with an option for students to broaden their studies in areas such as electrical engineering or chemistry.
At level 2, students further develop in the core areas of study, with a focus on physics and applied mathematics. Level 3 involves advanced courses in physics and computational physics. Students undertake the final year honours program in theoretical or computational physics, which includes a research project and the option of specialised courses in computer science and mathematics. This enables students to apply their high-performance computing skills to modern physics problems.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C)
COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA PHYSICS 1100ND Physics IA Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units S2 COMP SCI 1102 Object Orientated Programming MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB PHYSICS 1200ND Physics IB Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Year2 S1 MATHS 2101: Multivariable and Complex Calculus MATHS 2102: Differential Equations PHYSICS 2510: Physics IIA Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units S2 MATHS 2104: Numerical Methods PHYSICS 2532: Classical Physics II PHYSICS 2534: Electromagnetism II Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Year 3 S1 PHYSICS 3542: Physics III (6 units) PHYSICS 3534: Computational Physics III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units S2 PHYSICS 3006: Advanced Dynamics & Relativity III PHYSICS 3544: Quantum Mechanics III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units Year4 S1 PHYSICS 4010 Advanced Physics (HPCP) Part 1
[or Semester 2] (6 units)
PHYSICS 4020 A Honours Physics (HPCP) Project
[or Semester 2] (6 units)
S2 PHYSICS 4015 Advanced Physics (HPCP) Part 2
[or Semester 1] (6 units)
PHYSICS 4020 B Honours Physics (HPCP) Project
[or Semester 1] (6 units)
Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of assignments, reports, tests, practical work, tutorial preparation and exams.
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020