Course Advice - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Course Advice

Planning a Degree in Physics or Astronomy?

Supervisors of Studies

The following academic staff members have been assigned to oversee the level or programme shown below and should be the first person you contact about courses at your level.

100 level

Prof Roger Reeves Room 618 phone 364 2987 Ext 6572

200 level

Dr Chris Gordon Room 720, Phone: 369 5156 Internal 95156
email: chris.gordon at

300 level

Assoc Prof Michael Albrow, Rm 616, Phone 369 5189 Internal 95189


400 level

Assoc Prof Jenni Adams Room 718,
phone 364 2581 Ext 6581 400 Level Supervisor of Studies and Postgraduate Coordinator


Assoc Prof Michael Albrow, Room 616, Phone 369 5189 Internal 95189

Medical Physics

Please direct all enquiries to Dr Steven Marsh
Room 704, Phone: (03) 369 4225 Internal Phone: 94225

Main Office

Room 532, Level 5, Rutherford Building
Phone:- 369 3100

Our Department offers three year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees with majors in Physics and Astronomy. Please refer to the courses listed by level (100, 200, 300). You are encouraged to discuss your choice of courses with the appropriate level supervisor.

Students with outstanding secondary school Physics and Calculus results may be able to gain direct entry into 200-level courses. Students interested in this option should contact the 200-level supervisor of studies. See also Direct Entry.

At fourth year (400 level) we offer several options.

  • A Bachelor of Science with Honours, BSc(Hons) in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematical Physics, or Medical Physics.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipSc) of Science in Physics or Astronomy
  • A Master of Science (MSc) in Physics, Astronomy, or Medical Physics

Entry to the PGDipSc or MSc programmes requires a BSc in Physics. Entry to the BSc(Hons) programme requires additional courses, including 300-level Mathematics as well as Physics. Students aiming to progress to a Masters or Honours degree should seek advice about choices of papers at the 200 or 300 level from the appropriate Level Supervisors. Those interested in the Mathematical Physics option should seek assistance from the Mathematical Physics Supervisor of Studies, Prof David L Wiltshire.

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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