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Geophysics - Postgraduate options

*This subject is available as area of PhD study within other subjects in the Faculty of Science. Please consult our postgraduate advisers for availability.

Subject description


Geophysics is the study of the Earth and environment using physics and mathematics. It spans from the deep interior of the Earth to its surface, oceans and atmosphere. It investigates and aims to explain the physical phenomena we observe today to discover the past history and to model their future behaviour.

Geophysicists research global processes such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, the oceans and atmosphere and climate. They explore for natural resources such as oil, minerals and groundwater, and help solve environmental problems from natural hazards to pollution monitoring and civil engineering.

If you have a good science background and Geology, Oceanography, or Meteorology appeals to you, studying for a Geophysics degree at postgraduate level will open new doors. If you want to apply your Physics outdoors but also like Data Analysis and Mathematical Modelling, choosing Geophysics can equip you with much sought after practical and computational skills.


Structure and prerequisites

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Geophysics

The prerequisite is at least 90 points at Stage III including at least 30 points from  GEOPHYS 330–361 and 15 points from EARTHSCI 301-307, 372GEOPHYS 330-361, MATHS 302–389, PHYSICS 315–391.


Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Geophysics

The prerequisite is a BSc with at least 30 points from  GEOPHYS 330-339 and 15 pionts from EARTHSCI 301-307, 372, GEOPHYS 330-361, MATHS 302–389, PHYSICS 315–391


Master of Science (MSc) - Geophysics

The prerequisite for the 240 points Masters is a major in Geophysics, or equivalent as approved by the Geophysics Graduate Programme Advisor

Requirements: Research Masters


Help and advice

For further information please contact:

Dr Jennifer Eccles
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88092
Email: j.eccles@auckland.ac.nz