Bachelor of Science (Nuclear Science & Technology)

Course summary

Nuclear Science and Technology degree graduates have a very strong background in physics as well as specialist theoretical, practical and programming skills in nuclear radiation processes that are necessary to find employment in research laboratories or related nuclear industries.

The expansion in the uranium mining industry and the monitoring of mid- and high-level radioactive storage facilities both require specific expertise. Nuclear Science and Technology is fundamental to those with a career as a health physicist, nuclear technician or radiation specialist.

This degree

All subjects include a major practical component to complement and reinforce what you learn in lectures, and ensure you gain hands-on skills that prepare you for real-life activities in your future career. You will learn from academics that are internationally recognised in many fields of physics research including medical radiation physics, solid state physics, photonics and education.

What you will study

Topics such as mechanics and thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, the nuclear fuel cycle and the physics of radiation detectors are included in the program. This course builds on the expertise of the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics in dosimetry and radiation monitoring as well as nuclear technology and waste disposal.

Course information

Study area

Physics, Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

757

ATAR (UAI)

78

IB Score

27-28

Duration

3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent..

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

031274F

UAC Code

757638

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $16,200
Full Course Fee: $97,200

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English plus Mathematics. Students with limited background in Physics or Chemistry are advised to enrol in bridging courses held in February each year.

Recommended Studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Chemistry, Physics

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent.
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC).
  • Minimum record of attendance equal to one year of study, or 1/3 of a Bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people 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).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Science (Physics) will be able to:

  1. Identify significant components of physical systems and describe their interactions.
  2. Apply knowledge of fundamental physical laws to analyse behaviour and properties of a variety of physical systems.
  3. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of research principles and methods associated with physics.
  4. Integrate technical and cognitive skills in reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to address specific themes in physics.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of physical principles underlying a variety of measurement techniques.
  6. Demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret experiments using contemporary scientific instruments.
  7. Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently by written and oral means.

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Science (Physics) students are required to complete:

  1. 11 core subjects (66 credit points);
  2. a major in Physics, Nuclear Science and Technology, Photonics (Suspended in 2017) or a double major in Physics and Mathematics, by completing the subjects listed under that major; 
  3. a minimum of 144 credit points in total.  
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core Subjects
Year 1
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
Year 2
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
PHYS235 Mechanics & Thermodynamics 6 Autumn
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH203 Linear Algebra 6 Autumn
PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves & Optics 6 Spring
PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6 Spring
MATH202 Differential Equations 2 6 Spring

Bachelor of Science (Physics)     

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)

Core subjects as listed above, plus:

PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
Plus TWO of the following subjects:
PHYS335 Classical Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS356 Physics of Detectors and Imaging 6 Autumn
PHYS390 Relativity, Astrophysics, and Cosmology 6 Autumn
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
PHYS402 Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Inverse Methods 6 Spring
PHYS403 Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans 6 Spring
Plus an additional 24 credit points of subjects taken from the Science or Engineering Schedules

Recommended Physics Electives

PHYS154 Energy, Organisms and Human Society 6 Autumn
PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn

Students who wish to continue into Honours in Physics, further study in Physics, or just wish to complete additional Physics subjects, should complete the program of study below. It consists of subjects from the Physics major plus additional subjects.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6 Spring
MATH204 Complex Variables and Group Theory 6 Spring
PHYS356 Physics of Detectors and Imaging 6 Autumn
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following subjects:
PHYS335 Classical Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS390 Relativity, Astrophysics, and Cosmology 6 Autumn
Plus ONE elective
Recommended Physics Electives
PHYS154 Energy, Climate Change and Human Society 6 Autumn
PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn

Bachelor of Science (Nuclear Science and Technology) 

The objective of the Nuclear Science and Technology major is to provide the scientific knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in areas such as health physicists, nuclear technicians and radiation employees. Expansion in the uranium mining industry and monitoring of mid and high-level radioactive storage facilities will require specific expertise. The course builds on the expertise of the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics in dosimetry and radiation monitoring as well as nuclear technology and waste disposal.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core subjects as listed above, plus:
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6 Spring
Year 2
PHYS255 Radiation Physics 6 Spring
Year 3
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
PHYS356 Physics of Detectors and Imaging 6 Autumn
PHYS365 Detection of Radiation: Neutrons, Electrons and X Rays 6 Autumn
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
PHYS376 Nuclear Fuels Cycle 6 Spring
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
Core subjects as listed above, plus:
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring

Bachelor of Science (Photonics)**

** Not available in 2017

Photonics is a rapidly developing area associated with the development of detectors, light sources and optical fibres to support research and development in a wide range of industries including optoelectronics, telecommunications and defence. This major provides students with training which combines skills in experimental and theoretical physics and electronics with a strong background in optics, electronics and computing, necessary to begin a career in the photonics industry. It is structured around the existing core of Physics subjects.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)

Core subjects as listed above, plus:

Year 1
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
CHEM103 Introductory Chemistry For Engineers 6 Autumn
CSIT111 Programming Fundamentals 6 Autumn, Spring
ECTE172 Introduction to Circuits and Devices 6 Not offered in 2017
ECTE182 Internet Technology 1 6 Not offered in 2017
* Three electives are required, these are examples
Year 3
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
ECTE363 Communication Systems 6 Autumn
PHYS356 Physics of Detectors and Imaging 6 Autumn
PHYS363 Advanced Photonics 6 Not offered in 2017
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
Plus ONE elective 6 Spring

Bachelor of Science (Physics and Mathematics)^

^ Student to apply via Bachelor of Science (Physics) and upon offer acceptance to seek admission approval from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences Head of Students.

This double major provides students with a deeper understanding of the complementary areas of physics and mathematics. Students will be eligible for employment in areas requiring qualifications in physics and mathematics and will particularly equip them for work in areas where they will undertake mathematical modelling of physical systems, for example in meteorology.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core subjects as listed above, plus:
Year 1
PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6 Spring
Plus THREE first year electives (STAT131 Understanding Variation and Uncertainty is highly recommended) 18 cp
Year 2
MATH204 Complex Variables and Group Theory 6 Spring
Year 3
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
MATH302 Differential Equations 3 6 Autumn
MATH305 Partial Differential Equations 6 Spring
MATH321 Numerical Analysis 6 Spring
Plus TWO subjects from the following:
PHYS335 Classical Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS390 Relativity, Astrophysics, and Cosmology 6 Autumn
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
Plus ONE third year Mathematics elective 6 cp

Advanced Honours

The Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) program is a 4 year degree which includes an honours year and offers majors in:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biomolecular Physics and
  • Physics.  

Students with an average WAM of 80% or more may apply to transfer to the Advanced degree.  Information on the Advanced Honours Program is available at Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Physics).

Honours

Students with a good academic record are encouraged to proceed to an Honours year, a fourth year of study providing training in independent research. Further information on the Honours Program is available at Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Physics).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Science (Nuclear Science and Technology) degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Why choose this course

When you study at UOW you join a vibrant community made up of leading fundamental physics and medical radiation physics researchers and teachers. You'll be part of the highly regarded UOW School of Physics, one that is ranked 'above world standard performance' by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Condensed Matter Physics and Medical Radiation Physics.

Many physicists at UOW work under the aegis of the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM). ISEM is recognised as a flagship research strength of UOW.

The Department operates a 0.4m telescope equipped with modern electronic cameras and photometers, and collaborates with the Illawarra Science Centre in developing an astronomy teaching program.

Career opportunities
  • Radiotherapist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Imaging Specialist
  • Biomolecular Physicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Teacher
  • Astrophysicist and Cosmologist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Hydrographer
  • Meteorologist
  • Risk Manager
  • Health Physicist
  • Computer Scientist
  • Defence Logistics
  • Intelligence
  • Finance Analyst
  • Econo-Physicist
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