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Bachelor of Science (Physics and Nanotechnology)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Science (Physics and Nanotechnology) at Murdoch University combines classical physics with modern interpretations and the practical use of cutting-edge nanoscience.

You will explore and interpret the universe and all it contains via increasingly finer details, as you apply advanced and complex theories to hands-on practical work in the nanotechnology laboratory.

Core units across physics, mathematics and chemistry are complimented by research skills units in physical and life sciences, health sciences and exercise physiology, and cognitive neuroscience and psychology.

Alternatively, you could major in information technology, engineering technology or mineral science. Whichever direction you favour, there will be opportunities to work on the university's key research projects, using state of the art technology, throughout the course.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple-choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia.

Those who have not completed mathematics, physics and/or chemistry at secondary level will need to complete introductory prerequisite units in their first year at university.

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this physics and nanotechnology course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1

  • Principles of physics
  • Calculus and matrix algebra
  • Energy, mass and flow
  • Applied mathematics
  • Foundations of chemistry
  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?

Plus one general elective and one university-wide breadth unit.

Year 2

  • Modern physics
  • Thermodynamics for physics and nanotechnology
  • Applications of nanotechnology
  • Mathematical methods
  • Research skills unit:
    • Psychology: measurement, design and analysis (for primary major in cognitive neuroscience and health psychology)
    • Introduction to research methodology and evidence based practice (for primary majors in the health sciences)
    • Research in the physical and life sciences (for all other primary majors excluding information technology)

Plus two general elective units.

Year 3

  • Physics of materials
  • Mathematical modelling


  • Environmental and biological modelling
  • Electromagnetism
  • Experimental physics and nanotechnology


  • Research skills unit:
    • Advanced quantitative research methods (for primary major in cognitive neuroscience and health psychology)
    • Innovation and ethics in science (for primary majors in chemistry, engineering technology, mathematics and statistics, mineral science, physics and nanotechnology)
    • Research and evidence based practice (for primary majors in the health sciences)
    • Advanced research methods in science (for all other primary majors excluding information technology)

Plus two general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Science (Physics and Nanotechnology) from Murdoch University.

Graduates will essentially know how to manipulate matter on the nanoscale; applying their skills to real-world problems - and creating solutions. Researchers at Murdoch have, for example, discovered and patented a process to rejuvenate human skin after it has been severely burnt.

Further innovations in medicine await. Nanotechnology is also used in all manner of other life-changing fields across the globe. Graduates may seek roles in diverse areas from information technology and mobile telecommunications, to renewable energy generation and water purification, to all types of engineering and aerodynamics.

Curious about where a career in science could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Physicist
  • Nanotechnology Engineer
  • Material Scientist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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