Department of Physics


Welcome to the Department of Physics


The University of Auckland is home to New Zealand's largest Department of Physics. Our students and scientists explore the fundamental properties of the physical world, and tackle problems ranging from searching for planets around other stars to developing new medical imaging devices and laser technologies.

  • Introducing The Auckland Lablet
    20 July 2015
    The Auckland Lablet was created by the Department of Physics and is used by physics students and their teachers in laboratory classes.
  • Science subjects rate highly internationally
    22 March 2016
    Science subjects at the University of Auckland are highly placed in this year’s QS World University Rankings with the University rated number one in the country in almost all subjects.
  • New Appointment: Associate Professor Nicola Gaston
    01 March 2016
    The Department of Physics is excited to welcome Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, who joins us on 1 March 2016.
  • Einstein, Time, and Light
    25 November 2015
    View a full-noise, whistles and bells presentation on the subject of super-cooling lasers and atomic clocks by Nobel Laureate Professor William Phillips.
  • Pioneering young physicist wins NZAS Research Medal
    19 November 2015
    Scientific discoveries in miniature optics that could result in ultra-accurate clocks, and advanced research in fibre optic loops has earned Associate Professor Stéphane Coen of the University of Auckland Department of Physics this year’s Research Medal from the New Zealand Association of Scientists.
  • Velocity Innovation Challenge
    26 April 2016
    The Innovation Challenge is a great opportunity for everyone, especially those thinking of commercialising their research. To submit an entry, you must write a 1000 words about your idea. Then you'll be in to win $1000! There is a total prize pool of over $40,000 with a variety of categories to compete in. It is also a great chance to get feedback on your ideas from esteemed industry judges. Entries close 12 noon, Monday 9 May.
  • Call for New Zealand Applications: L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2016
    16 March 2016
    In 2016 one post-doctoral female scientist in New Zealand will be awarded with a $25,000 fellowship for a one year project. Applications close at midnight Tuesday 12th April 2016.
  • Free online course: Data to Insight
    14 October 2015
    Whether you are new to statistics, or looking to do a refresher course, Data to Insight is the perfect course to get you thinking like a statistician, effectively analysing, and communicating ideas and information in a world where there is now more data than ever.