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Physics - Postgraduate options

Subject description

Physics is perhaps the most basic of all sciences. Understanding the principles of physics and the laws of nature gives you an enhanced insight into the world around you. All of modern science and technology is underpinned by physics. A degree in physics will give you an understanding of the nature of matter combined with training in experimental methods and the mathematical analysis of physical processes.

Lectures at postgraduate level include a choice of basic and specialised topics. The latter are closely related to the research interests (and therefore MSc thesis topics) in the Department, which include aspects of theoretical physics, nuclear physics, laser physics, optoelectronics, nonlinear fibre optics, teraherta spectroscopy, adaptive optics, quantum optics, atom optics, optical metrology, biophotonics, theoretical biology, condensed matter physics, marine acoustics, atmospheric and ionspheric physics, astrophysics, elementary particle physics, remote sensing, signal processing and physics education.


Structure and prerequisites

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

The prerequisite is a  major in Physics and at least 90 points at Stage III.





Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Physics

The prerequisite is a major in Physics, or equivalent as approved by the Head of Department.





Master of Science (MSc) - Physics

The prerequisite is a BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Physics.

Requirements: Research Masters


Career opportunities

Fundamental physics is a strong underpinning for careers in many branches of the physical sciences. Recent graduates are finding work in research-based jobs, and teaching, marketing, medical physics and computing. Mineral exploration physics and astrophysics are open to physics graduates.

Many aspects of computing and telecommunications require physics and a degree in physics would open up avenues in scientific instrument manufacture, electronics and development of computer systems.

Industrial applications of physics including noise control, industrial process monitoring and control, radiation monitoring, vibration analysis and water resource management.

Meteorology and oceanography are also interesting fields available to physicists.


Help and advice

For further information, please refer to the Physics Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Neil Broderick
PhD/MSc enquiries
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84434
Email: n.broderick@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.physics.auckland.ac.nz

David Krofcheck
BSc(Hons)/PGDipSci enquiries
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88897
Email: d.krofcheck@auckland.ac.nz


Further information