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Mathematical Physics

07 November 2023
‌Combine advanced mathematics with investigations of the physical world.


Mathematical Physics


The theories of physics are written in the language of mathematics. Ever since the days of Galileo and Newton, the concepts of physics have also inspired the development of new fields of mathematics. This is still the case today. As we push forward the frontiers of understanding fundamental ideas about the innermost workings of particles, the extremes of black holes, or the origin of the Universe, we are continually confronted by having to invent new mathematics.

An education in theoretical physics will give you a deep conceptual understanding of how things work, and how the universe fits together. It will also give you the skills to think from first principles, and to express that thinking analytically in mathematical models. Those skills are highly sought after not only in fundamental research but also in the worlds of industry, finance, education, and the public service.

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Mathematical Physics

What will my study involve?

  • Te Kura Matū | School of Physical and Chemical Sciences has many collaborations nationally and internationally that give access to some of the best facilities around the world. For example, UC is a member of CERN, the enormous particle accelerator centre in Geneva and also collaborates in the IceCube neutrino experiment at the South Pole.
  • UC physicists are currently involved in obtaining fundamental theoretical understandings of cosmology and astroparticle physics.

Mathematical Physics


UC offers the following postgraduate programmes in Mathematical Physics:


See the individual qualification pages for more information on degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science with Honours majoring in Mathematical Physics

The Mathematical Physics major in the BSc(Hons) includes MAPH480 Mathematical Physics Research Project and another 90 points of electives, with a minimum of 30 points chosen from MATH 401-443 and the remaining points from PHYS 411-430 and ASTR 421-425.

Postgraduate Certificate in Science majoring in Mathematical Physics

You will need to complete at least 60 points in courses chosen from 400-level MATH courses, 400-level PHYS courses, and 400-level ASTR courses for the major. A minimum of 30 points must be chosen from MATH 401-443.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematical Physics

In the PhD, you will complete a thesis of original research in the Mathematical Physics field (MAPH790 Mathematical Physics PhD).

Mathematical Physics

Career opportunities

Mathematical Physics graduates are highly sought after in fundamental research, and also in the worlds of industry, finance, education, and the public service.

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