# Postgraduate study in Physics

## What can you study in Physics?

Whether your interest lies in pure physics or a multidisciplinary field, postgraduate study in Physics offers you a wide-range of research options.

From inventing new kinds of lasers, creating innovative technologies to diagnose illness in living tissue, understanding the Earth’s changing climate, searching for planets around distant stars, to understanding the connections between particle physics and the Big Bang - our graduates are well-equipped to work in industry and academia.

You will gain an understanding of the nature of the physical world, alongside training in experimental methods, and the mathematical analysis of physical processes.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

- Physics of the Environment
- Predictability of planetary atmospheres
- Fractal characterisation of clouds
- Physics of sustainable building technology and alternative energy
- Physics of tropical atmosphere and the modelling and theory of climate

- Physics of Atoms, Molecules and Optics
- Theory of open quantum systems with applications in quantum optics and quantum information
- Dissipative quantum phase transitions for photons and applications of quantum stochastic processes
- Theoretical and experimental investigations across nonlinear optics and laser physics
- Design of ultrafast fibre lasers
- Exploration of nonlinear dynamics in lasers and related systems
- Leveraging photonic systems to study interdisciplinary wave phenomena

- Particle Physics and Astrophysics
- Physics of the very early universe
- Astrophysical observables and inflationary cosmology
- Stellar evolution and structure
- Dark matter and the growth of structure in the universe
- High energy nuclear physics
- Space science

- Statistical and Condensed Matter Physics
- Nanophysics and nanotechnology
- Electronic transitions in functional materials
- Computational materials design
- Physics of soft matter and fluids

- Complex Systems and Biophysics
- Physics of complex systems
- Econophysics and interdisciplinary physics
- Network science
- Origin of genetic coding

- Medical physics and imaging technologies
- Theory of light matter interactions relevant to biological systems
- Development of optical sensing and imaging systems
- Data and image processing
- Development of instrumentation and optical probes

## Structuring your postgraduate programme in Physics

### Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Physics

- 30 points:
- PHYSICS 789 Dissertation

- 45 points from:
- PHYSICS 703 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
- PHYSICS 715 Selected Topics 1
- PHYSICS 741 Advanced Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics
- PHYSICS 742 Advanced Statistical Mechanics and Condensed Matter
- PHYSICS 743 Waves and Potentials
- PHYSICS 746 Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory
- PHYSICS 748 General Relativity
- PHYSICS 751 Selected Topics 2
- PHYSICS 752 Photonics
- PHYSICS 753 The Dynamic Universe
- PHYSICS 754 Condensed Matter Physics
- PHYSICS 757 Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
- PHYSICS 780 Advanced Imaging Technologies
- PHYSICS 781 Project in Photonics
- PHYSICS 787 or PHYSICS 787A
- PHYSICS 787B Project in Physics
- PHYSICS 788 Project in Physics
- PHYSICS 791 Selected Topics 3
- PHYSICS 792 Selected Topics 4
- MATHS 761-770
- GEOPHYSICS 761-780

Or,

- 45 points from:
- PHYSICS 703–788 as above
- PHYSICS 791 Selected Topics 3
- PHYSICS 792 Selected Topics 4
- MATHS 761 Dynamical Systems
- MATHS 762 Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
- MATHS 763 Advanced Partial Differential Equations
- MATHS 764 Mathematical Biology
- MATHS 765 Mathematical Modelling
- MATHS 766 Inverse Problems
- MATHS 769 Stochastic Differential and Difference Equations
- MATHS 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis
- GEOPHYS 761 Subsurface Imaging with Seismic and Radar Waves
- GEOPHYS 762 Subsurface Characterisation with Potential Field Methods
- GEOPHYS 780 Special Topic in Geophysics

- at least 15 additional points from:
- PHYSICS 703–788 as above
- PHYSICS 791 Selected Topics 3
- PHYSICS 792 Selected Topics 4
- GEOPHYS 761 Subsurface Imaging with Seismic and Radar Waves
- GEOPHYS 762 Subsurface Characterisation with Potential Field Methods
- GEOPHYS 780 Special Topic in Geophysics
- MATHS 761 Dynamical Systems
- MATHS 762 Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
- MATHS 763 Advanced Partial Differential Equations
- MATHS 764 Mathematical Biology
- MATHS 765 Mathematical Modelling
- MATHS 766 Inverse Problems
- MATHS 769 Stochastic Differential and Difference Equations
- MATHS 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis

30 points from 600 and 700 level courses in related subjects: Biological Sciences, Geophysics, Mathematics, Medical Physics and Imaging Technology, Photonics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and more. Please contact your postgraduate adviser to discuss these, and other, options.

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

### Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Physics

- 75 points from:
- PHYSICS 625 or PHYSICS 626 Special Topic

- PHYSICS 681 Experimental Physics

- PHYSICS 691

- PHYSICS 703 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
- PHYSICS 715 Selected Topics 1
- PHYSICS 751 Selected Topics 2
- PHYSICS 754 Condensed Matter Physics
- PHYSICS 780 Advanced Imaging Technologies
- PHYSICS 781 Project in Photonics
- PHYSICS 787 or PHYSICS 787A
- PHYSICS 787B Project in Physics
- PHYSICS 788 Project in Physics

- PHYSICS 625 or PHYSICS 626 Special Topic

- 45 additional points from:
- PHYSICS 625 or PHYSICS 626 Special Topic

- PHYSICS 681 Experimental Physics

- PHYSICS 691

- PHYSICS 703 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
- PHYSICS 715 Selected Topics 1
- PHYSICS 751 Selected Topics 2
- PHYSICS 754 Condensed Matter Physics
- PHYSICS 780 Advanced Imaging Technologies
- PHYSICS 781 Project in Photonics
- PHYSICS 787 or PHYSICS 787A
- PHYSICS 787B Project in Physics
- PHYSICS 788 Project in Physics
- MATHS 761 Dynamical Systems
- MATHS 762 Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
- MATHS 763 Advanced Partial Differential Equations
- MATHS 764 Mathematical Biology
- MATHS 765 Mathematical Modelling
- MATHS 766 Inverse Problems
- MATHS 769 Stochastic Differential and Difference Equations
- MATHS 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis
- GEOPHYS 761 Subsurface Imaging with Seismic and Radar Waves
- GEOPHYS 780 Special Topic in Geophysics

Or,

- at least 15 additional points from:
- PHYSICS 625 or PHYSICS 626 Special Topic

- PHYSICS 681 Experimental Physics

- PHYSICS 691

- PHYSICS 703 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
- PHYSICS 715 Selected Topics 1
- PHYSICS 751 Selected Topics 2
- PHYSICS 754 Condensed Matter Physics
- PHYSICS 780 Advanced Imaging Technologies
- PHYSICS 781 Project in Photonics
- PHYSICS 787 or PHYSICS 787A
- PHYSICS 787B Project in Physics
- PHYSICS 788 Project in Physics
- MATHS 761 Dynamical Systems

- PHYSICS 625 or PHYSICS 626 Special Topic

30 points from 600 and 700 level courses in related subjects: Biological Sciences, Geophysics, Mathematics, Medical Physics and Imaging Technology, Photonics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and more. Please contact your postgraduate adviser to discuss these, and other, options.

## Courses

Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for a Physics specialisation:

## Where can postgraduate study in Physics take you?

All of modern science and technology is underpinned by physics and postgraduate study is a good foundation for a career in research, business, finance, IT and the engineering sector.

Jobs related to Physics include:

- Geophysicist/field seismologist
- Investment analyst
- Metallurgist
- Meteorologist
- Nanotechnologist
- Nuclear engineer
- Radiation protection practitioner
- Researcher
- Scientific instrument manufacture
- Software engineer

## Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

## Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

**Science Student Centre
**Level G, Room G 20

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Building 301

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**Phone:** +64 9 923 7020

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**Web:** www.physics.auckland.ac.nz

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.