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 Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to gain valuable research experience, enhance your career opportunities and work with leading researchers in the Department of Physics. Applications close 3 August.

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.

Life, the universe and everything

Is our universe part of a larger multiverse? What types of planets circle circle other stars in the galaxy? Professor Richard Easter talks to Radio NZ about Te Ao Mārama, a new centre asking the big questions in science.

  • The Future of Particle Physics Event as iCalendar
    02 August 2018, 6 - 7pm
    Professor Mark Kruse, a University of Auckland alumnus now working at Duke University (USA), will be discussing our understanding of the fundamental essence of the universe and will reveal some of the deepest mysteries of Nature. Public lecture, all welcome but registrations are essential.
  • Media SAVVY workshops for Māori researchers
    28 June 2018
    The Science Media Centre offers fully-funded Media SAVVY workshops for Māori researchers, supported by Curious Minds – He Hihiri i te Mahara. Applications for the next workshop on 3 and 4 September are open now. Find out more.
  • 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.