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QUT (Queensland University of Technology)

  • 17% international / 83% domestic

Bachelor of Science (Physics) / Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • Bachelor

Bring your passion for STEM to the teaching profession and inspire the next generation with our vertical double degree, Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Key details

Degree Type
4 years full-time
Course Code
SV02, 103173M
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months

About this course

  • Bring your passion for STEM to the teaching profession and inspire the next generation
  • A shortage of qualified STEM teachers means you'll be in demand when you graduate
  • Specialise in an area of science in which you are most interested
  • Undertake professional experience placements in schools to prepare you to become a teacher.

Study locations

Gardens Point

Kelvin Grove

What you will learn

In your first year of your science studies, you'll complete the five core units-an introduction to the principles of science. You will learn by enquiry-experimental science units will give you the grounding in the fundamental methods of science practice, analysis, research and scientific presentation, as well as hands-on experience. These are skills that will translate well into your teaching career.

Begin your physics studies with the fundamental concepts of physics which seek to describe, predict and explain phenomena at all scales-from the observable universe down to subatomic particles. You'll learn how to think about scientific concepts and solve problems like a physicist. You'll explore mathematical methods, experimental physics and electromagnetism.

Continuing, your studies will include materials and thermal physics, classical and quantum physics, and nuclear and particle physics. You'll also complete a major research project to showcase your skills and knowledge, with opportunities for specialisations including electromagnetism, lasers and optics, medical physics, computational physics, nuclear and radiation physics, astronomy and astrophysics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and relativity, materials science, surface science, and nanotechnology.

As you progress to the Master of Teaching component, you'll find the course is designed to ensure you can step into your teaching career with confidence. In curriculum units you'll learn how to teach subjects in the Australian curriculum. Our expert lecturers will encourage you to be creative as you experiment with different teaching approaches to engage, excite and extend your learners. You'll learn how to identify the best technologies to incorporate in your teaching. Everything you do will be based on a deep understanding of child and adolescent development.

Real-world facilities

You will be based at the Gardens Point campus for your science studies, where you will experience state-of-the-art laboratories, advanced scientific instruments, and high-performance computing and visualisation facilities, all mirroring real-world environments.

During the Master of Teaching you'll experience the Education Precinct at the heart of Kelvin Grove campus. These contemporary learning spaces facilitate experimentation and innovation, preparing you to become an inspiring, confident and future-focussed teacher when you step into professional experiences in schools. The spaces strike the right balance of collaborative learning, interaction and quiet individual research.

A centrepiece of the Precinct is the Sphere, a digital LED globe suspended over two floors with a changing menu of interactive visual content.

Career pathways

Careers and outcomes

As a secondary teaching specialist, you will be prepared to teach physics in schools. Your qualification can also allow you to teach in other locations in Australia and overseas.

The masters qualification will position you to lead STEM teaching in a school, or to pursue other important roles in the education sector: in policy work; curriculum development; or community engagement projects to advance STEM.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the physics major are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics, dependent on their choice of study options.

The Master of Teaching meets professional teaching standards for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and Queensland College of Teachers. Graduates are eligible to apply for teacher registration. Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia may be required to provide evidence of English Language proficiency levels. Further information is available from relevant registering bodies.

Possible careers
  • Educator
  • Physicist
  • STEM Educator
  • Secondary School Teacher

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Science & Mathematics courses at QUT (Queensland University of Technology).
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