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Master of Science (Physics)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Go deeper into the physical world

Understand the physical universe/world, including modern technologies and biology systems, in the most fundamental way.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Science (Physics) gives you the opportunity to use the latest equipment across a broad range of disciplines to make your own discoveries in the field of science.

Broad range of equipment and facilities - or make your own

Unlike some other institutions you will have easy access to a range of techniques and equipment, making it easier to progress your research in a timely and comprehensive fashion. Massey has modern biophysics research facilities and access to specialist equipment like optical tweezers and a Bio-NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) to help your research meet global standards.

Accessible lecturers

At Massey you will have the advantage of small classes, giving you more access to your lecturers and supervisors.

Deepen your knowledge

Take your undergraduate science study and progress your knowledge in areas you are interested in like: mathematical physics, particle physics, biophysics or chemical physics.

Friendly environment - passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of scientists and postgraduate science students at Massey, including FUSSTA - the Fundamental Scientists and Students Association on the Manawatu campus. We work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Science will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning, time management, setting goals and milestones and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in physics or a related field
  • Are interested in multi-disciplinary research
  • Are interested in an in-depth research project, or taking your career to the next level
Motoko Kakubayashi
Master of Science (Physics)
Graduated in 2008
Press Officer - Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo

“Physics always struck me as the most interesting of the sciences and the majority of scientists who I really look up to are all physicists…”

I met some really fun and interesting lecturers at Massey and thought if I was going to pay for my education, I should learn from people who are openly enthusiastic about their field. Studying at Massey was worthwhile as there was a lot of learning about things that are used in the real world. Science is not a textbook system with one answer for one question.

While there were courses I had to take to get a physics degree, I was also able to study music, literature and history. These courses made it clearer how scientific knowledge could be useful outside the laboratory.

As well as working at the University of Tokyo I'm a freelance science communicator and work with several universities and organisations in Japan and overseas. I have worked with some amazing leaders in science including Nobel Laureates, and at one time my boss was an astronaut.

My physics background makes it easier for me to read papers from researchers at the Kavli IPMU. Taking other courses has also proved valuable because in my job I am constantly working with people with various backgrounds from different countries, and I wouldn't know how to talk to them or understand what they're talking about unless I studied more than just physics.


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s physics staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised specialists, for example:

Professor Tony Signal

A world-leading physicist, Dr Signal was chairman of the New Zealand group that collaborated on the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, to collide two beams of protons in search of the Higgs particle. His present research interests are in the quark structure of protons and neutrons, and quantum computing.

In 2005 he was awarded a New Zealand Science & Technology Bronze Medal for his significant contribution to physics, particularly through his contribution to the New Zealand Physics Olympiad Organising Committee and for his work on the National Committee of CREST.

Dr Signal is widely-published in key international and national publications.

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