Physics (2019)

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.


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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.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 11 October 2018 3:33pm

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