Applied Physics

A minor in Applied Physics will provide you with a broad introduction to physics principles and concepts, and is designed to strengthen and broaden a subject major in Earth Sciences, Biology or Chemistry.

Applied Physics

The Applied Physics minor is designed to show how an understanding of fundamental physics principles can strengthen and enrich subject competence. It has a distinctively interdisciplinary flavour that will enhance the learning experience of both science and non-science students.

You will learn through practical examples drawn from geophysical exploration, nuclear chemistry and biomedical systems, supported by laboratory and field work.

Studying Applied Physics will allow you to:

  • Understand how fundamental physics concepts relate to other science subjects (Biology, Earth Sciences, and Chemistry);
  • Gain problem-solving skills applied to biological systems, geophysical applications, nuclear chemistry and radiation physics; and
  • Gain practical experience in exploration geophysics, biological and biomedical physics, and nuclear chemistry.

Year one paper Physics in Context will appeal if you have an interest in the subject but have studied little or no physics and/or mathematics at school. In years two and three you’ll gain knowledge in geophysical exploration techniques and applications to geological and environmental remote-sensing challenges, and the applications of physics to chemistry, medicine, and the life sciences.

Field trips and practical work

Field trips are planned for the Exploration Geophysics paper in particular, while practical work in nuclear chemistry and biomedical measurements will be undertaken as laboratory exercises.


Lab-based exercises make use of specialised teaching and research equipment, and includes resistivity probes, bioelectrodes, amplifiers and oscilloscopes.

 Career opportunities

  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Mineral and Hydrocarbon Exploration
  • Medical Imaging and Tomography
  • Medical Physics and Instrumentation


Study Applied Physics in any of these qualifications

Minor subject:

100 Level

Physics in ContextAPHYS11115.0 Points

200 Level

Exploration GeophysicsAPHYS21115.0 Points
Nuclear and Particle PhysicsAPHYS21215.0 Points

300 Level

Biological PhysicsAPHYS31115.0 Points

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: 2017-07-15 23:59:00

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

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