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.

Discovering alien worlds

Dr Nicholas Rattenbury hopes to expand our knowledge of the sort of extra-solar planetary systems that are out there, and refine our understanding of the requirements for alien life in the Universe.

Take a look at what you can study

From planets, stars and galaxies to optoelectronics and communications, studying with the Department of Physics opens the door to careers in meteorology and more. View our 2018 handbooks.

Join 233 cities in Climathon

The University of Auckland is hosting Auckland's first ever Climathon over 24 hours on 27 October. Read the blogs from our contributing scientists and others - and get involved!