Physics seeks to understand the basic properties of matter and energy and to use this knowledge to create new technologies and devices, explain the properties of complex systems and to model emergent phenomena.

Subject overview

Physics is arguably the most fundamental of all sciences. If you understand the principles of physics and the laws of nature you’ll have a sharp 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 as well as training in experimental methods and the mathematical analysis of physical processes.

If you’d like to better understand the nature of matter, train in experimental methods and learn more about the mathematical analysis of physical processes, then Physics might be the subject for you.

The University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand for physics and astronomy, and we’re also ranked 123rd in the world for the natural sciences, which includes physics.*


Where can Physics take you?

A Physics degree opens the door to a range of opportunities, and our vibrant research programme illustrates a variety of topics tackled by physicists.

Graduates can expect to find roles such as:

  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Air quality management
  • Astronomer
  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Meteorology
  • Neurophysiology technologist
  • Research
  • Teacher
  • Water resource management

Meet a Graduate

The fundamental laws that govern our universe have interested me since I was young. Physics cuts right to the heart of the laws of nature, and so I was always captivated by it as a subject.

Caleb Todd

Read Caleb's full story here.

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