About Physics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy aim to understand the behaviour of matter: from the scale of subatomic particles to that of the Universe itself. While past discoveries are of fundamental importance to science and all its applications, our disciplines contrive to be very active and fruitful fields of research.
The University of Canterbury has been compared to a village consisting of many groups of people. Even after several years of study you will still be exploring the "streets" of this village, for it consists of many teaching and research areas.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the larger departments at the University of Canterbury. We have 19 continuing academic staff, 18 support staff, and more than 45 research students.
If you want further information on courses, the policies and procedures the Department follows, or about particular research areas, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will arrange for you to see the most appropriate person. We welcome your enquiries, and welcome your participation: we invite you aboard.