The Master of Science (MSc) normally takes 12-18 months of full-time study to complete. The degree requires 180 points, which is made up of 120 points in taught papers and a 60-point dissertation (research project).
Study a MSc at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts will also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations.
This is an ideal degree for students wanting to improve their career opportunities, and seeking a qualification that is potentially not so research-heavy.
This qualification is taught at a level significantly in advance of undergraduate study, providing you with the challenges and knowledge needed to prepare for a successful career.
Materials and Processing
By studying Materials and Processing at the University of Waikato, you will learn how to add value to raw materials used to manufacture a number of useful products, while minimising waste. These products can be as varied as dietary formulae, foods, ceramics that can withstand high temperatures, new metal alloys, pharmaceuticals, laminated boards, functional proteins, and composites.
Materials and processing skills are used in industrial and other activities where materials are undergoing chemical, biochemical or physical changes.
At Waikato you will learn about process science, which involves knowing how to prepare raw materials, how to make reactions occur, and how to separate and purify products. You will understand how to limit and treat wastes, minimise energy use, and consider sustainable processes.
Note: Depending on the focus of your research, you could complete that 60-point portion of your MSc in Tauranga campus. Facilities there include the Coastal Marine Field Station.
The taught portion of the MSc, which is worth 120 points, is based in Hamilton only.
Admission requires a relevant Bachelors level qualification or equivalent.
If you do not hold the appropriate qualifications required for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for a pathway via a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows:
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.