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Physics colloquium

JumpStart Physics is desgined to prepare students for the PHSI 191 Biological Physics course as part of the Health Science First Year programme ( HSFY ). It is tailored to students whose training in secondary school physics and mathematics is incomplete, having not taken Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Physics. Students undertaking this course still need to meet the University's admission and entrance criteria in order to proceed to full credit study.

This is a not-for-credit course. It is an intensive, interactive and full-time course running daily from 9am–4pm for three weeks before semester 1. Due to its intensity, JumpStart cannot be taken concurrently with another Summer School paper.

Course dates

27 January–14 February 2025.


NZ$990 – domestic students
NZ$1570 – international students


Students who have achieved:

  • 14 credits and higher in NCEA Level 2 physics or general science; or
  • A pass in Sixth Form Certificate physics or science; or
  • A pass in an equivalent course, such as Cambridge International AS level Physics will need the approval of the Head of Department.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Complete the JumpStart enrolment form and return it to the Department of Physics. Payment for the course should be made online at time of enrolment to confirm your place.

JumpStart enrolment form (PDF)

Students intending to enrol in HSFY are given preference.

For further information, contact he Department of Physics
Tel + 64 3 479 7749


Limited number of scholarships are available for this course:

Please check your eligibility or contact the awarding institutions directly. Their contact details can be found on the application forms above.


Over the Summer School period one of the colleges provide accommodation for students. To find out which college, please visit:

Summer School website

Please note: the Department of Physics is not involved in organising your accommodation for the duration of the Jumpstart course.

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