Within the School of Physics, Condensed
Matter Physics is taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, leading
to Honours degrees in Physics, and Masters and PhD research degrees. This
page gives some information on various research projects and scholarships
UNSW Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Vacation
Scholarships through the UNSW Faculty of Science Vacation Scholarship
program in the School of Physics. The best place to start withj these
is to talk with prospective supervisors and Sue Hagon in the School Office.
Undergraduates from other Australian
& New Zealand universities may also be considered. Scholarships will
generally last between 6 and 10 weeks, to be negotiated between the student
and their supervisor. Australian students will also be eligible to have
return travel to Sydney paid for. Please contact individual academics
directly by September 30th for scholarships during the summer period from
December through to February.
Exchange and practikum students
We regularly take on international
exchange students who are interested in obtaining research experience
or professional/industrial practice. Interested students should contact
potential supervisors directly, and see here for official details of UNSW's
Practicum Program .
Honours year Research projects
are available to students from UNSW and other universities. Honours projects
are available either as full year or 1/2 year projects. Interested students
should contact prospectiuve supervisors to discuss possible research projects
- a list of projects is available here.
The School of Physics also offers advanced level Honours courses in Condensed
Students can also do full year
Honours research projects in CMP through UNSW's Nanotechnology program.
Master of Philiosophy and
Graduate Diploma in Physics
The minimum requirement
for admission to the PhD or MSc by Research is a four year Bachelor's
degree with 1st or upper 2nd class Honours from an Australian University
that includes a substantial research component, or a qualification or
combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent by the Higher
Degree Committee. Students who do not have this qualification may wish
to enrol into the Master of Philosophy, Graduate Diploma in Physics, or
Graduate Diploma in Physics Research Techniques, first.
The Master of Philosophy is
a research degree. It will take 3 sessions to complete and students complete
24 units of credit of courses and one rsearch project. Entry to the MPhil
requires at least a three year Bachelor of Science degree, with a major
Postgraduate research degrees
(MSc, PhD) in Physics
The School of Physics offers a Master in Science by Research and a
Doctor of Philosophy degree. These research degrees involve the student
independently researching a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor.
If you are interested in doing a postgraduate research degree at UNSW
you should contact one of the academics in the department to discuss possible
projects. A current, although by no means exhaustive, list of potential
PhD projects on offer in the school can be found here.
In addition, details of research projects can be found on the individual
web-pages of the different research groups.
Scholarships are available for local and international students for Masters
and PhD degrees. If you have an honours degree and wish to pursue a Masters
or PhD at UNSW, you can apply for either an
- Australian Postgraduate
Award (APA)/ University Postgraduate Award (UPA): This is a government
funded living stipend open to Australian citizens and permanent residents
of Australia, valued at approx. $26,000 pa (in 2010). Further details
can be found from the Graduate
- Postgraduate Assistanceship
- The School of Physics, UNSW offers a number of Postgraduate Assistantship
(PA) positions each year. This stipend is intended to provide a reasonable
level of financial support for higher degree (MSc/PhD) candidates in
- From time to time, individual
reseach groups offer scholarships funded by grants.
International students will
need to obtain scholarships to cover university fees, and some scholarships
also cover living expenses. International scholarships are administered
through the Graduate
Research School, and include:
- UNSW International Research
Fellowships are available to international students with good academic
- Home country scholarships
are available from selected countries
- Endeavour Scholarships are
available for short to medium term visits.