Department of Physics


Undergraduate programmes and courses

Explore your undergraduate course options when studying with the Department of Physics.

  • Tertiary Foundation Certificate

    If you are not yet ready for regular university study, the Tertiary Foundation Certificate at University of Auckland will help you gain the skills and confidence you need for successful study at tertiary level.

  • University Calendar

    Find more information about courses and programmes, including academic statutes and regulations governing admission, enrolment, fees and examinations.

  • Undergraduate study in Physics

    Physics seeks to understand the basic properties of matter and energy and to use this knowledge to create new technologies and devices, explain the properties of complex systems and to model emergent phenomena.

  • Undergraduate study in Geophysics

    Geophysics is the study of the Earth and environment using Physics and Mathematics.

  • Stage One courses

    Select your Stage One Physics courses according to your background in Physics and the degree you intend to pursue.

  • Stage Two courses

    Our core Stage Two courses give a broad grounding to students with a wide range of interests in the physical sciences.

  • Stage Three courses

    The wide selection of Physics courses at Stage Three gives you the flexibility in planning a direction of study that caters to your personal interests.

Recommended courses


This section will help you plan your study programme. Students majoring in Physics and Geophysics can include these courses.

You may also like to read Preparing for your Physics major or specialisation, which includes 2019 entry pathway diagrams for NCEA and CIE.

Theoretical and Quantum Physics

  • PHYSICS 120, 121, 201, 202, 203, 331, 335, 356, 390
  • and a selection from 333, 344
  • MATHS 120, 130, 250, 253 OR 260, 361 and possibly 362
  • [Inclusion of this pathway leads to a BSc(Hons) and Physics]

Geophysics

  • PHYSICS 120, 121, 390
  • GEOPHYS 213, 310, 311, 361
  • and a selection of other PHYSICS Courses
  • MATHS 108 OR 120 & 130, 208 OR 250, 260
  • [Inclusion of this pathway leads to a BSc(Hons) in Geophysics]

Photonics

  • PHYSICS 120 OR 160, 121, 244, 201, 202, 203, 333, 340, 390
  • MATHS 108 OR 120 and 130, 208 OR 250, 253 OR 260
  • ELECTENG 209, 303
  • [Inclusion of this pathway in a BSc with a Physics major leads to a BSc(Hons) Photonics]

Medical Physics and Imaging Technology (MPIT)

  • PHYSICS 160 OR 120, 121, 201, 202, 203, 244, 333, 340, 390
  • BIOSCI 107
  • MEDSCI 142, 205, 206, 309
  • CHEM 110
  • MATHS 108 OR 120 & 130, 208 OR 250
  • [Inclusion of this pathway in a BSc with a Physics major leads to a BSc(Hons) MPIT]

Teaching careers

Students planning to teach science at secondary school level should include a component of physics. If you are interested in becoming a specialist Physics teacher, it is desirable to include at least TWO Stage three courses in your BSc, ideally a full Physics Major. The following courses are recommended as realistic minimum:

  • PHYSICS 160 OR 120, 121, 201, 202, 203, TWO Stage three courses
  • MATHS 108 OR 120 & 130, 208 OR 250
  • COURSES in another Science area

[This will lead to a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, GradDipTE(Sec). To gain entry into this programme, you must have TWO or more Science areas in your BSc, e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology. Read more.]