Welcome from the Head of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. Our school houses two areas of natural science, Chemistry and Physics, and is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its research and teaching programmes in both disciplines.

Chemistry is a broad discipline that covers subjects ranging from how a drug interacts with the body, to how the solar cells convert light into energy. Our Chemistry courses deliver in all keys areas, building on foundations established in the early stages of the programme to encompass the most recent innovations and challenges as your knowledge in the subject grows.

A diverse range of subjects are also offered in the Physics teaching programme, examining all aspects of the physical world. For example, quantum mechanics and nanotechnology are concerned with the smallest components of our universe, whilst geomagnetism and astrophysics deal with the largest.

The Chemistry and Physics teaching programmes have both been externally reviewed in the past two years. Each subject was highly commended, highlighting the integration of staff research into courses, and the commitment of the academic, technical and professional staff towards providing a positive student experience.

The research expertise of the School was reflected in the most recent evaluation of New Zealand universities, in which Chemistry and Physics were both ranked top in the country. This is reflected in our strong publication record and international presence, as well as our ability to attract external funding to support our research.

The School houses world class facilities supported by highly trained and motivated technical and professional staff. Many strong collaborative links exist between members of the School and researchers both in New Zealand and internationally. We cultivate close links with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, the Ferrier Research Institute (applying carbohydrate chemistry to real life problems including the design of better drugs and materials) and the Robinson Research Institute (at the interface of engineering and applied physics for the development of advanced technologies).

We provide a challenging and inspiring academic environment to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students are warmly invited to contact academic staff with enquiries about courses and research programmes and opportunities.

I look forward to meeting you in person and wish you the very best for an enjoyable and stimulating education in your chosen field.

Professor Martyn Coles

Head of School
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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