Department of Physics

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 a rich network of national and international collaborations. 

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.


Affiliated research centres

Physicists from the University of Auckland are engaged with the following national Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and research groups.

Te Pūnaha Matatini

The MacDiarmid Institute

The Dodds-Walls Centre


The Photon Factory is an interdisciplinary University of Auckland research institution specialising in laser technologies.

Research areas

Student opportunities