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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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Study Locations: Hamilton
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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 PHYSC591) and at least 30 points from the papers listed for Physics.

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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYSC100General Physics19A (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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYSC591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHYSC592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHYSC593Physics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PHYSC594Physics Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences19B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYSC800Physics MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHYSC900Physics PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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

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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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Contacts

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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