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.

  • Black holes and death stars: free public symposium
    28 November 2016
    Leading astrophysicists from around the world gather in Auckland this week to talk about massive stars, black holes and supernovae, with a public event on latest developments in astronomy to follow.
  • Top Medal honours for University of Auckland Science researchers
    23 November 2016
    Internationally renowned researcher and author in human experimental psychology, Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis, has been awarded the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • Science funding at University of Auckland receives major boost
    03 November 2016
    Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland has been awarded a total of $9.6 million over the next three years for a broad range of projects, from the timing of volcanic eruptions to computer software protection.
  • Greatest super rugby team of all time?
    19 August 2016
    Which is the greatest Super Rugby team of all time? Wil Undy, a Bachelor of Science (mathematics) and Arts (history) student, has been working with Te Pūnaha Matatini Principal Investigator Dr Dion O’Neale and NZ Rugby’s senior scientist Dr Ken Quarrie to determine the best method for predicting how Super Rugby teams would perform from season to season.
  • AMP Ignite Award for Physics student
    24 June 2016
    PhD student Ankita Gangotra, from the Department of Physics, is the 2016 winner of the AMP Ignite competition.
  • 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.
  • Summer Research Scholarships
    17 June 2016
    Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to get some research experience and enhance your career opportunities. The University offers $2 million in summer research scholarships each year.
  • 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.