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

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.

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Level 1

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYSC100General Physics18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the core ideas in physics. Topics covered include kinematics, mechanics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric circuits, optics, modern physics and relativity, taught in a problem solving context.
PHYSC101Physics for Engineers and Scientists18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
This is a lecture and laboratory course covering fundamental physics concepts relevant to engineers and scientists. Topics covered include vectors, kinematics, force, work, energy, collisions, rotation, equilibrium, oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light.

Level 5

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGG501Control Theory and Image Processing18A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with PID feedback control of linear systems using classical as well as state space methods. It also deals with signal processing with special attention to image processing. It is highly computer and project based.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM512Topics in Advanced Physical ChemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENEL504Analog Filter Design18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the design of electronic filters to process analog signals.
ENEL517Mechatronics18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design of electromechanical systems combining sensors and actuators interfaced to microcontrollers for feedback control: the enabling technologies of robotics. A series of projects require students to integrate hardware and firmware to achieve specific practical goals.
ENEL522Electro-optical Instrumentation18B (Hamilton)
Theoretical and practical aspects of advanced electro-optical instrumentation will be discussed and applied in practical sessions. Topics include telemeters, interferometers for velocity or vibration detection, optical gyroscopes, optical fibre sensors, and others.
ENME540Finite Element Analysis and Applications18A (Hamilton)
This paper explains the theory behind the Finite Element Method (FEM) and its application to solve engineering problems using a commercial software package.
PHYS506Advanced Quantum TheoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
PHYS511Particles and Fields18A (Hamilton)
No description available.
PHYS516Computational BiophysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
PHYS551Methods in Theoretical Physics 118A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces common methods in theoretical physics, for example, use of Fourier Transforms and other integral transforms, complex functions, and maximisation/minimisation methods.
PHYS552Methods in Theoretical Physics 218A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces geometric methods applied to physics. It covers simple application of group theory to simplify problems with symmetry and an introduction to geometric algebra.
PHYS560Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
PHYS561Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
PHYS590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
PHYS591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHYS592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHYS593Physics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PHYS594Physics Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYS800Physics MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYS900Physics PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Ben O'Neil I would definitely recommend Waikato for its awesome maths and physics course and also for its friendly social atmosphere.

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New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Graduate Scholarship in Biophysics  Closed

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.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics  Closed

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.

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards  Closed

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.

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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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