Department of Physics


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Our research

The University of Auckland is home to the largest Department of Physics at any New Zealand university. 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, including MOA, which search 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 are revamping our research website, so check back frequently for changes.

The department welcomes 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 areas

    Explore the range of research areas in the Department of Physics. Our research ranges from fundamental particle physics to the development of advanced technologies.

  • 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.