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.

2018 Winter Lecture Series

Aotearoa in 2030. Six lectures, hosted by the Faculty of Science Sustainability Network and presented by local and international experts, delves into the pressing social and environmental challenges New Zealand faces.

Outstanding in her field

Professor Cather Simpson talks to physicsworld about the photonics and microfluidics technology at the heart of Engender, a NZ-based start-up building a better way of sorting bull sperm by sex.

Discover your Science with us

We’re much more than just New Zealand’s top ranked science faculty. We are a diverse collaborative community, full of budding scientists ready to help you discover your passion and what makes you tick.

  • Entries open for New Zealand's most illustrious science prize
    20 June 2018
    Entries for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes are now open, with New Zealand’s most talented established and emerging scientists, science teachers and science communicators able to apply for awards worth a combined value of $1 million across five categories.