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Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. It is the basis for many other sciences, including chemistry and geology. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and quantum mechanics, it provides an understanding of the world around us from electromagnetic space storms to melting ice in the Antarctica, and it leads to great discoveries underpinning technologies that change our lives such as computer chips, lasers, solar photovoltaic cells, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Find out more about Physics research at Otago

Our Physics graduates are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make them versatile and adaptable and desirable in many technical fields. A bachelor's degree in physics provides a great foundation for many careers including:

  • Fundamental Physics Research
  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Computer Science
  • Computational modelling
  • Information Science
  • Digital and Electronics Technology
  • Bio-Medical Science
  • Energy Science

Our Physics graduates get interesting, well-paid jobs all over the world. Employers know the additional skills and expertise that a physics major brings. Physics graduates can expect career salaries similar to those of computer science and engineering majors.

Employment data for physics graduates – American Institute of Physics

Undergraduate degrees

At Otago we offer a science-focused Physics degree and a more specialist degree in Energy Science and Technology.

Physics – Science-focused degree covering the fundamentals of theoretical and experimental physics.

Energy – A unique undergraduate programme focused on the science and technology behind the transition to more sustainable energy sources and energy use.

Recommendations for your study programme

There are a range of options for constructing your degree at Otago. To obtain advice tailored to your goals, contact one of our study advisors.

Find out how to get course advice for your studies in Physics or Energy Science and Technology/Energy Management.

See the qualifications and programme requirements for Physics

See the qualifications and programme requirements for Energy Science and Technology or Energy Management

Engineering intermediate

An engineering intermediate year for one of the major engineering schools in New Zealand can be taken at the University of Otago.

Find out about enrolling in an Engineering Intermediate year at Otago

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