Department of Physics


Postgraduate study in physics

Our postgraduate programmes are designed to take students to the cutting edge of their discipline. Postgraduate courses are taught by research-active staff who also supervise student self-directed projects, dissertations and theses.

Postgraduate programmes


The Department of Physics offers four programmes at postgraduate level:

Transfer of students from other universities is encouraged.

Entry requirements:

  • PGDipSci requires BSc in Physics
  • BSc(Hons) requires BSc in Physics with B average in 90 points at Stage 3 Physics
  • MSc requires BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Physics with relevant B- average
  • PhD requires MSc (or in exceptional circumstances BSc(Hons)) in Physics.

For further details consult the The University of Auckland Calendar.

Lectures at the postgraduate level include a choice of basic and specialised topics. The latter are closely related to the research interests, and therefore MSc thesis topics, in the Department, which include aspects of theoretical physics, nuclear physics, laser physics, optoelectronics, nonlinear fibre optics, THz spectroscopy, adaptive optics, quantum optics, atom optics, optical metrology, biophotonics, theoretical biology, condensed matter physics, solid-earth physics, marine acoustics, atmospheric and ionospheric physics, astrophysics, elementary particle physics, remote sensing, signal processing and physics education. A list of the academic staff and their research interests is given later in the handbook.

Thesis and dissertation topics should be arranged well in advance of the relevant semester. Students are advised to talk to several staff members who offer relevant topics. Enrolment into a thesis or dissertation will only be approved once the topic and the supervisor have been arranged.

The Department has well equipped teaching and research laboratories with good technical support. Help is available for students from academic and technical staff at all times. The workshop staff are experienced in many aspects of mechanical and electronic construction.

For more information please contact:

Postgraduate Co-ordinator 
Associate Professor Rainer Leonhardt
Postgraduate Coordinator
Room 619, Science Centre, Building 303
City Campus
Email: pgadvice-physics@auckland.ac.nz 
Phone: 373 7599 ext 88835