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:

On these programme pages you will find a subject tab that links you through to postgraduate study information for physics, geophysics, medical physics and imaging technology and photonics (also see right).

Postgraduate study options


There are a number of postgraduate study options in the Department of Physics:

  1. Geophysics
  2. Medical physics and imaging technology
  3. Physics
  4. Photonics

The subject page for each of these options will explain in more detail what programmes you can enrol in, course information, entry requirements, scholarships and awards and more.

Postgraduate courses


See a list of physics courses at postgraduate level.

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.

For further details consult the The University of Auckland Calendar.

Frequently asked questions


For more information regarding admissions, and other postgraduate processes, read this frequently asked questions page.

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.