About the department

Physics provides a deep understanding of the natural world: studying with us will prepare you to tackle a vast range of problems and provide a springboard to a huge variety of jobs.

Professor Richard Easther, Head of Department
Professor Richard Easther, Head of Department

We are committed to providing a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment in which all of our students thrive. We offer a comprehensive range of courses in Physics, with additional specialisations in Geophysics, Medical Physics and Imaging Technologies, and Photonics and we are proud of our teaching programme. Our key first year courses are delivered in “studio” format, which emphasises problem solving and increases engagement, improving student performance through second year and beyond.

Physicists discover planets around distant stars, work on understanding the Earth's climate, probe the interior of volcanoes, and determine how bacterial colonies grow and thrive.

Richard Easther Department of Physics

The University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand for physics and astronomy, and the breadth of topics our researchers study illustrates the range of problems physics can help you solve.

University of Auckland physicists discover planets around distant stars, work on understanding the Earth's changing climate, probe the interior of volcanoes, determine how bacterial colonies grow and thrive and explore the connections between discoveries in particle physics and the Big Bang. We use our knowledge to create new tools and technologies, build instruments to diagnose illnesses in living tissue, and develop powerful new laser technologies and we have nurtured a string of thriving spinout companies.

We are happy to hear from prospective students, so please get in touch if you have any questions about studying here, or about our research programme.

Professor Richard Easther
Head of Department