About - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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 13 continuing academic staff, 14 support staff, and more than 34 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.


  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
  • hod-secretary@phys.canterbury.ac.nz
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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