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Bachelor of Science in Physics

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Grafton Campus


If you have a mind for science and you’re keen to keep your options open, then the BSc is the degree for you. With many undergraduate majors in a wide range of subject areas, the BSc will allow you to incorporate different areas of interest and expertise. As well as strongly emphasising transferable skills to improve your employment opportunities, this programme will expose you to cutting-edge technologies and provide a gateway to independent research. Throughout your undergraduate degree you’ll be taught by knowledgeable scientists, many of whom are major contributors in their field.


Physics seeks to understand the basic properties of matter and energy and to use this knowledge to create new technologies and devices, explain the properties of complex systems and to model emergent phenomena.

Physics is arguably the most fundamental of all sciences. If you understand the principles of physics and the laws of nature you’ll have a sharp insight into the world around you. All of modern science and technology is underpinned by physics. A degree in Physics will give you an understanding of the nature of matter as well as training in experimental methods and the mathematical analysis of physical processes.

If you’d like to better understand the nature of matter, train in experimental methods and learn more about the mathematical analysis of physical processes, then Physics might be the subject for you.

Where can Physics take you?

A Physics degree opens the door to a range of opportunities, and our vibrant research programme illustrates a variety of topics tackled by physicists.

Graduates can expect to find roles such as:

Aircraft maintenance engineer
Air quality management
Atmospheric scientist
Neurophysiology technologist
Water resource management

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

GCE ‘A Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

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