Master of Science Physics

Program Description

Learning how the physical world works is fascinating. It is also useful. Physics will hone your thinking ability, and help you to develop high level analytical and problem solving skills. In Otago’s Physics department you will get to study with some of the country’s top physicists. Our research informed teaching draws from a broad spectrum of expertise areas including geophysics, optics, energy science, atomic physics, electronics, and quantum theory. An Otago degree in Physics will give you multiple future options. You could work in high-tech areas such as electronics, laser technology, smart materials, healthcare, analytics, or telecommunications.

You might find yourself working for a company developing new products or services, relying on your know-how to come to grips with the complex physical problems of the real world. By combining your study of Physics with another subject you could move into any number of specialist fields. For example, a Physics degree with particular emphasis in acoustics, combined with a music degree, might lead you to becoming an acoustics expert for a construction or architectural company.

You might move into medical physics, working on such techniques as radiotherapy and solar phototherapy. You could work at a hospital, becoming involved in important health initiatives, such as improving or evaluating a public health screening programme. If you choose to continue in Physics and physics research, you might move into areas such as atomic and laser research or energy management.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
  2. Every applicant must either
    1. be a graduate with an average grade of at least B for the appropriate 300-level papers, or
    2. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

IELTS Requirements

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Overall
6 6 6 6 6.5


  • Yearly tuition fee is given

Course Features
  • Country New Zealand
  • City Dunedin North
  • State Dunedin
  • Course Duration 1 Year
  • Application fee 0 NZ$
  • Tuition fees yearly 44,675 NZ$
  • Cost of Living per year 20,000 NZ$
  • Starting dates February and Anytime for thesis-only
  • IELTS (Total) 6.5
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