The PhD Program in Physics

Why do a Physics PhD at The University of Melbourne?

  • The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne is one of the largest and most successful Physics Departments in Australia. We have world class research programs in all areas of modern physics, with our academic staff leading a variety of projects within several Australian Research Council Centers for Excellence.
  • Melbourne University is consistently one of highest ranked Australian Universities in the Times Higher Education World Rankings and in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • The University of Melbourne has been ranked as number one in Australia and within the world top 50 institutions among the Quacquarelli Symonds league table of the top 200 universities. The rankings are based on academic and employer reputation and the number of times a university's research is cited in articles.
  • Our graduates have a strong track record of employment, both in the academia and in the private sector
  • Melbourne University is situated at the heart of the city of Melbourne, which is regularly considered at the top of ranking for the most livable city in the world. In particular, Melbourne is a multicultural city with good public transport, open spaces, and an excellent 'café culture'.
  • For information about the structure of the Melbourne PhD program, as well as application and eligibility information for domestic and international students, visit the Faculty website.

Who are we looking for?

  • You are at least among the best 10% of students in your class, have a passion for working on problems at the frontier of physics, and developed a strong foundation from advanced graduate level courses in Physics, typically in quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and statistical mechanics
  • If you have not undertaken Physics graduate courses yet, you may be more suited to our MSc program, which can lead into the PhD program.
  • You are proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Detailed entry admission requirements and procedures are available on the Faculty of Science Courses Website.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to tackle challenging and stimulating problems.
    Mentoring from leading researchers.
  • Scholarships covering tuition fees and stipend for all competitive applicants.
    Top-up salary awards for high-achieving students, such as the N.D. Goldsworthy Scholarship for international applicants.
  • Hosting of qualified international students with scholarships from their home country (please contact the Graduate Research Coordinator for discussion).

Finding a potential supervisor

Before submitting an application, you are required to have the written support of a nominated academic supervisor. If you have not already received written support from an academic supervisor, you must obtain this by emailing the Graduate Research Coordinator in the School of Physics the following documents:

  • CV/resume
  • All higher education transcripts
  • Brief summary of intended area of research
  • Results of performance in English-language tests (if relevant)
  • Your suitability to apply for enrolment in a research programme within the School will then be considered. If your previous academic performance is competitive and your experience and interests align with a potential supervisor who has the capacity to take on new students then you will be advised.

The N.D. Goldsworthy Scholarship

The School of Physics offers the N.D. Goldsworthy Scholarship for high-achieving international students. In addition to University stipend and fee remission scholarships, recipients will receive an additional $AUD 6,000 each year for up to three and a half years. To facilitate identifying suitable supervisors, the cut-off date for initial expressions of interest is August 1 for commencement in the following year. However, all international students who submit a timely application for study within the School of Physics and receive a University scholarship will be considered for the award. Announcement of the recipient(s) of the Goldsworthy scholarship will be in the second half of the year of commencement.

Further Enquiries

See the Faculty website, or for specific queries, please contact the Graduate Research Coordinator.

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