Department of Physics

Students studying together in the Physics department lounge

Future undergraduates

Physics is fascinating. Whether it is atoms or universes, theory or practice, commerce or research, physics underpins our world. It is in mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, waves and quantum physics. There is optoelectronics, laser physics, electronics and the search for near-galaxy planets. Geophysics includes meteorology, wind profiling, marine and ocean science and global geophysics.

Physicists are problem solvers. They are astute, capable people with inventive minds who see possibilities from the sub-atomic to the entire universe. They often lead the way in research, government, commerce and industry because they are able, knowledgeable and experts in their fields.

If you have an aptitude for physics, study and research, we can give you the right combination of knowledge, practical competencies and subject customisation to take you to the worlds of research, teaching, industry, government, media, medicine or law. When you add a specialisation, we can help you move into chemistry, medicine and engineering, or hybrids such as geophysics and astrophysics.

  • Why choose Auckland?

    Learn more about life on campus at the University of Auckland.

  • Undergraduate study options

    We offer a Foundation Certificate, BSc and GradDipSci majors in Physics and Geophysics, and BTech specialisations in Optoelectronics and Medical Physics and Imaging Technology. We cover mechanics, waves, quantum physics, meteorology, fibre optics, telecommunications, and astronomy.

  • Admission and enrolment

    Find out how to start your physics studies at the University of Auckland, including enrolment requirements, the application process, apply and advice about course choice.

  • Scholarships and awards

    Each year, the University awards scholarships and prizes worth more than NZ$20 million to thousands of students. Find out about scholarships to support you and awards to recognise your achievements.

  • Career opportunities

    Where can you take a physics qualification? Almost anywhere. Find out what's in store for you.

  • Academic Advisers

    There are five academic advisers in the Physics Department. They can help you decide on your course of study.

  • Meet our students

    Our students have many interests and follow varied and exciting career paths after graduation. Meet some of our current students and graduates and find out their hopes for the future.

  • Meet our graduates

    Our Department of Physics graduates end up in interesting and varied jobs. Read more about them.

  • Facilities and resources

    Information about purpose-built teaching and learning facilities and resources, including Physics facilities and the Science Student Centre, where you can seek advice about your course of studies.

  • Our research

    Take a look at where physics can take you – from fundamental particle physics to the development of advanced technologies. This is our research showcase.