Highlights

  • 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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Why choose this course?

You may have heard the statistic – 75% of future careers will depend on STEM skills. To equip our future generations for those future careers, we need teachers to help impart the knowledge and provide the skills needed to succeed.

This course provides a unique opportunity to gaining a depth of understanding in physics, before progressing to your teaching qualification. You'll learn how to think—not what to think. This will provide you with skillset, as a teacher, to encourage your students to question, explore and research throughout their studies and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Real-world learning

Throughout our science course, we integrate theory and practice with a strong focus on experimental design, so you'll be equally skilled at the desk, in the laboratory and in the field. You'll start hands-on lab, research and fieldwork skills sessions in your first year. You will graduate with the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed as a scientist to thrive.

Throughout your Master of Teaching you’ll undertake Professional Experience placements in secondary schools, where you’ll put your study into practice under the guidance of mentor teachers.  These experiences could be across government, independent or catholic education school systems. You can choose to travel to other regions or even overseas.

Learn from the best

Gain experience in advanced laboratories and learn from science researchers at the top of their fields internationally. Each unit of your physics studies is supported by experimental work, so you will spend significant time in the teaching laboratories.

In the Master of Teaching you learn from inspiring and innovative lecturers. Our expert teaching staff have real-world experience and a wealth of knowledge and experience to set you on the right path. They’ve been recognised with nine Australian university awards over the past decade.

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What to expect

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.

Careers and outcomes

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

Details and units

This course is a vertical double degree, combining ST01 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with EU50 Master of Teaching (Secondary).

This course is a vertical double degree, combining ST01 Bachelor of Science (Physics) with EU50 Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Requirements

This double vertical degree is being offered for the first time in 2021.

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
SV02
QTAC code
409832
CRICOS code
103173M
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
4 years full-time
Duration
4 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Prerequisites

Applicant must be 16; Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years; LANTITE Literacy status; LANTITE Numeracy status; Teaching Personal Statement.

Additional entry requirements

For information regarding the Teaching Personal Statement, refer to the QTAC website.

Applicants who have failed two or more attempts of either component of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students, and have not passed it in a later attempt, are not eligible for entry

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Minimum academic requirements

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Additional entry requirements

Pass the Initial Teacher Education Course (ITE) Capabilities Criteria.

Applicants must demonstrate possession of key competencies outlined by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as those attributes and motivations common to effective teachers.

You must complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for and understanding of, the course and profession. In the questionnaire you will be asked to:

  • Rank a series of potentially appropriate statement responses, in order of what you think is most to least important.
  • Provide two x 500 word written statements addressing the categories and indicators as outlined on the Teacher Entry Fact Sheet.

 QUT will send you details on how to complete the Initial Teacher Education Course (ITE) Capabilities Criteria questionnaire and submit your written statements after you have lodged an application.

Course requirements: Literacy and numeracy

You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from the course. You are permitted three test attempts in total for each component as a student at QUT. If you fail three test attempts for each component, you will not be able to graduate. You are not eligible to apply for a place in the course if you have failed two test attempts for one or more components, at another institution. The test will assess your personal literacy and numeracy skills. QUT provides you with one reimbursement to cover the cost of the test.  For more information view additional course requirements.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
7.5 8 7 7 8
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
191 200 185 185 200
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
105 28 24 27 26
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
73 79 65 65 79

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $7,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $38,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

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