Postgraduate study in Environmental Physics

Postgraduate study in Geophysics

What can you study in Environmental Physics?

You will take a mix of advanced courses in Geology, Mathematics and Physics and focus on applied/solid earth, atmospheric or marine environmental physics.

Research areas include:

  • Climate and environmental change
  • Atmospheric and ocean dynamics and processes
  • Environmental data analysis and modelling
  • Subsurface imaging and investigation, including with seismic and radar waves, and potential field methods

Depending on your focus, the specialised knowledge you can gain includes:

  • Developing subsurface geological models
  • Learning techniques to analyse and explain the characteristics of climate and environmental change
  • Learning how to analyse and optimise data for sub-surface investigation
  • Developing data science skills for environmental analytics using data from traditional networks , satellites and field measurements. 

Entry requirements for postgraduate study in Environmental Physics


Prerequisite: A major in Environmental Physics, Geophysics, Physics or its equivalent, approved by the Academic Head or nominee

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Environmental Physics

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Environmental Physics

45 points from:

75 points from:


  • other 600 or 700 level courses in Earth Sciences, Geography, Geographic Information Science, Mathematics, Physics or other subjects offered by the Faculty of Science approved by the Academic Head or nominee

Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Physics 120-point (one-year) research masters

Prerequisite subject: Environmental Physics, Geophysics, or an equivalent subject approved by the Academic Head or nominee


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for an Environmental Physics major:

Where can postgraduate study in Environmental Physics take you?

Postgraduate study in Environmental Physics prepares you for employment in areas that rely on a physics-based understanding of our environment.

Jobs related to Environmental Physics

  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Energy industry (hydrocarbon, geothermal)
  • Geohazard research
  • Ground water exploration, monitoring companies, consultancies
  • Meteorological service
  • Mineral exploration
  • Oceanographer
  • Research at Crown Institutes such as GNS or NIWA
  • Environmental analyst in industry, government and non-government organisations

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