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.

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • New criteria for Science Journalism Fund | applications open
    18 June 2018
    Round three of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism fund is open with new eligibility criteria in place. Applications from science communicators and those with an interest in science-related reporting (but no previous experience) will now be accepted. Grants range from $500 to $5000. Applications close 27 July.