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Prospective Students

postgradPhysics postgraduate students at Otago share in the excitement of doing original research of international significance. We offer a diverse choice of research topics within the areas supported by six departmental research themes.

Students join a research group of their choice, and enjoy a supportive environment with an active researcher as their supervisor.

The length and intensity of the research project increases with the status of the Postgraduate degree, but all students gain transferable skills which improve employment opportunities. In addition to advanced technical skills, students develop their abilities in critical thinking, project planning, analysis of research literature, and presentation.

The Department has an active and collegial community of graduate students.

Postgraduate Degrees

Find out about the range of Postgraduate degrees we offer.

View the 400-level papers we offer.

Find out about our Research and Research Careers.

Living in Dunedin

Dunedin is a University town, situated in a stunning natural environment.

The city values its student population, and has a wide range of leisure activities. The cost of living is lower than in the other main New Zealand cities.

Maori and Pacific Students

Find out more about the Māori Centre - Te Huka Mātauraka, and the Māori Students Association - Te Roopu Māori

Learn about some of the diverse range of Pacific Island groups and activities at Otago


Jian Tay finished his PhD at Otago in 2011. He investigated novel methods to optically detect motion and ultrasound. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Washington in St. Louis.

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