The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.
A core feature of the degree is the development of independent research skills, including the collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature.
In the first semester, you will complete 60 points of taught papers with the remaining period spent doing a 120 point research thesis.
Study an MSc(Research) 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.
Employers recognise Waikato Chemistry graduates for their analytical and problem solving skills as well as for their high-level of practical abilities including hands-on bench and modern instrumentation skills.
A Chemistry qualification from Waikato appeals to a wide range of employers including analytical, forensic, industrial, environmental and medical laboratories. There is a shortage of Chemistry graduates in New Zealand and overseas and a critical shortage of qualified Chemistry teachers.
Better building materials and textiles, improved medical aids, new alloys, more productive agriculture, better environmental control and remediation all rely on the chemical expertise you'll gain from studying at Waikato.
The structure of our chemistry major includes a range of highly theoretical, highly applied, quantitative and qualitative aspects. It will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, which can be applied to many other disciplines.
Note: Depending on the focus of your research, you could complete that 120-point portion of your MSc(Research) in Tauranga. Facilities there include the Coastal Marine Field Station.
The taught portion of the MSc(Research), which is worth 60 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.