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Physics

Physics aims to understand the entire physical world, from the sub-atomic to the cosmological.

Eli Muller

Master of Science
Physics was Eli's favourite subject all through high school so he didn't find choosing his degree particularly difficult.


Physics

In the Faculty of Science & Engineering, Physics is taught at a post-graduate level.  By studying with us you will develop a thorough understanding of theoretical physics and gain advanced knowledge in areas such as quantum theory and biophysics.

Many famous scientists, such as Einstein and Newton were physicists.  Physicists are versed in mathematics, computer programming, experimental science and the design of complex instruments. They are among the most versatile scientists, able to easily cross boundaries into other disciplines such as chemistry, biology, medicine, Earth and planetary sciences.  There are biophysicists, geophysicists, astrophysicists and neurophysicists.

At the University of Waikato our academic staff are leading the way in biophysics. both experimental and theoretical, including measuring and modelling  the electrical activity in the brain for applications such as anaesthesia and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Career Opportunities

  • Applications Engineer
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Medical Physicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Satellite Information Processor

100 level

Introduction to ElectronicsENEL11115.0 Points
Exploring PhysicsPHYS10015.0 Points
Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1PHYS10315.0 Points

300 level

Electromagnetic WavesENEL31220.0 Points
OptoelectronicsENEL32420.0 Points
Quantum PhysicsPHYS30220.0 Points
Computational BiophysicsPHYS31520.0 Points
Special Topics in PhysicsPHYS31820.0 Points

400 level

MechatronicsENEL41720.0 Points
Electro-optical InstrumentationENEL42320.0 Points
Power ElectronicsENEL48520.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Phys) and GradDip(Phys)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Physics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Phys), PGDip(Phys), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Research) and MSc(Tech)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Chairperson. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Chairperson of School.

To complete a BSc(Hons) in Physics, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PHYS591) and at least 30 points from the papers listed for Physics.

Topics in Advanced Physical ChemistryCHEM51215.0 Points
Analog Filter DesignENEL50415.0 Points
MechatronicsENEL51730.0 Points
Electro-optical InstrumentationENEL52230.0 Points
Control Theory and Image ProcessingENGG50130.0 Points
Finite Element Analysis and ApplicationsENME54030.0 Points
Advanced Quantum TheoryPHYS50630.0 Points
Particles and FieldsPHYS51130.0 Points
Computational BiophysicsPHYS51630.0 Points
Methods in Theoretical Physics 1PHYS55115.0 Points
Methods in Theoretical Physics 2PHYS55215.0 Points
Special TopicPHYS56015.0 Points
Special TopicPHYS56115.0 Points
Directed StudyPHYS59030.0 Points
DissertationPHYS59130.0 Points
DissertationPHYS59260.0 Points
Physics ThesisPHYS59390.0 Points
Physics ThesisPHYS594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Physics MPhil ThesisPHYS800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Physics PhD ThesisPHYS900120.0 Points

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Graduate Scholarship in Biophysics

For students who are enrolled in full-time study towards an MSc or a PhD with a thesis topic in Biophysics or Cortical Modelling. The scholarship will have a value up to $5,000 for one year.

Closing Date: 2016-05-15 23:59:00

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics

For students enrolled full-time in the third year of undergraduate study towards a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics. The scholarship will have a value of $500.

Closing Date: 2016-05-15 23:59:00

School of Science Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to enrol part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Science in either a 180pt masters, the taught components of a masters degree or the research component of a masters degree. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000 per year for two years.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling in full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2016-03-13 23:59:00

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
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