Department of Physics


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Our research

The University of Auckland is home to New Zealand's largest Department of Physics. Our research ranges from fundamental particle physics to the development of advanced technologies.

We have world-class laboratory facilities, and our scientists participate in a range of international collaborations. These include Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA), which searches for planets around distant stars, and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva.

Our work is supported by organisations ranging from industrial firms, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand’s prestigious Marsden Fund, and major international funding agencies.

We have recently revamped our research areas pages. (See right.) The process wil be ongoing, so check back frequently for changes.

We welcome enquiries from potential research students - see the links on this page for possible postgraduate research topics and available funded PhD projects.

If you have any questions for us about our research or postgraduate study in the department, please get in touch.

  • Research groups

    Visit Physics research group webpages for the latest news and opportunities.

  • Postgraduate research topics

    Browse the Physics Department list of available Masters or PhD topics.

  • Funded PhD opportunities

    Funded Physics research projects are available now. The grants cover fees plus a stipend of $25,000 p.a.

  • Research Areas

    Our staff are researching a wide variety of physics topics: from quantum optics, climate modelling, and high energy nuclear physics to theoretical astrophysics, fluorescence imaging, and gravitational microlensing.