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.
- Applications Engineer
- Avionics Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Medical Physicist
- Satellite Information Processor
Study Physics in any of these qualifications
|Introduction to Electronics||ENEL111||15.0 Points|
|Exploring Physics||PHYS100||15.0 Points|
|Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1||PHYS103||15.0 Points|
|Electromagnetic Waves||ENEL312||20.0 Points|
|Quantum Physics||PHYS302||20.0 Points|
|Computational Biophysics||PHYS315||20.0 Points|
|Special Topics in Physics||PHYS318||20.0 Points|
|Electro-optical Instrumentation||ENEL423||20.0 Points|
|Power Electronics||ENEL485||20.0 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 Chemistry||CHEM512||15.0 Points|
|Analog Filter Design||ENEL504||15.0 Points|
|Electro-optical Instrumentation||ENEL522||30.0 Points|
|Control Theory and Image Processing||ENGG501||30.0 Points|
|Finite Element Analysis and Applications||ENME540||30.0 Points|
|Advanced Quantum Theory||PHYS506||30.0 Points|
|Particles and Fields||PHYS511||30.0 Points|
|Computational Biophysics||PHYS516||30.0 Points|
|Methods in Theoretical Physics 1||PHYS551||15.0 Points|
|Methods in Theoretical Physics 2||PHYS552||15.0 Points|
|Special Topic||PHYS560||15.0 Points|
|Special Topic||PHYS561||15.0 Points|
|Directed Study||PHYS590||30.0 Points|
|Physics Thesis||PHYS593||90.0 Points|
|Physics Thesis||PHYS594||120.0 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 Thesis||PHYS800||120.0 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 Thesis||PHYS900||120.0 Points|
Scholarships and prizes
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
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
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
For students enrolling 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: 2017-03-15 23:59:00