Physics (2018)

Physics is a branch of science that studies matter, energy, and the relation between them. It aims to understand the entire world, from the sub-atomic to the cosmological. Physics papers cover theoretical and experimental subject areas. A distinctive feature of the physics teaching and research at the University of Waikato is its focus on biophysics and biomedical applications..

Note: There will be no new enrolments in the Physics major in 2018. PHYSC100 and PHYSC101 do not count towards the Physics major.


On this page


  • 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.

  • 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
    ENEL111Introduction to ElectronicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS100Exploring PhysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS103Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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)
    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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENEL205Analog Electronics and Circuit AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ENEL212Electronics for Digital SystemsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ENEL213InstrumentationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ENEL284Electricity and MagnetismThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ENEL285Quantum and Solid State PhysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS204Experimental PhysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS205Relativity, Nuclear and AstrophysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS206Statistical and Thermal PhysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SCIE279Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENEL312Electromagnetic Waves18A (Hamilton)
    This paper discusses electromagnetic wave phenomena using classical electromagnetic theory which is applied to a range of engineering applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, electromagnetic interference, and microwave circuits.
    ENEL324Optoelectronics18A (Hamilton)
    This paper discusses the principles of modern optoelectronic components and systems in particular, lasers, semiconductor devices, electro-optic devices and optical fibres. Theoretical as well as practical aspects will be covered.
    PHYS302Quantum PhysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS315Computational BiophysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHYS318Special Topics in PhysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SCIE371Science Work Placement 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SCIE372Science Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
    This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
    SCIE373Science Work Placement 318C (Hamilton)
    This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
    SCIE374Science Work Placement 418C (Hamilton)
    This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
    SCIE379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will encapsulate post-placement reflection and will focus on reflective learning from the placement experience, self-assessment outcomes initiated in the pre-workplace paper, portfolio completion, skill-gap revisited, career mentoring/direction, CV update, next placement selection process.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENEL417Mechatronics18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers embedded micro-programming, feedback control, interface to electro-mechanical systems involving gears, motors, belt drives, actuators, and sensors: the enabling technologies of robotics. A series of projects require students to integrate software, control, mechanical and electromotive skills to achieve practical g...
    ENEL423Electro-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.
    ENEL485Power Electronics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the theory and practice of power converters, power management, protection and variable speed drives.
  • 500 Level

    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.
    ENGG501Control Theory and Image ProcessingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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.
    SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (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.
    SCIE502Introductory R Statistics for ScientistsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 800 Level

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

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHYS900Physics PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 19 July 2018 11:44am

This page has been reformatted for printing.