Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Physics)

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Understand the physical universe

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in physics will give you an understanding of the physical universe/world in the most fundamental way, including modern technologies and biology systems.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science (Honours) parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a major in physics is a prestigious qualification for those that are interested in progressing to further in-depth research. This postgraduate qualification is challenging and rewarding and will give you a career advantage.

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. This programme 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:

  • Excelled in your undergraduate degree
  • Are curious about how things work and are an excellent problem-solver
  • Are interested in going on to more in-depth research, such as a PhD

Careers

Setting you apart

An honours degree is a sign of your excellence and in-depth understanding of the field of physics. Should you pursue a career after qualifying, the Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in physics will give you a head start on other potential employees with undergraduate degrees.

A step into further study

The honours programme also gives you the research and analytical skills you need to progress into further high-level research/study, such as at a PhD level.

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.

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