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School of Chemical Sciences

Our programmes

We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Undergraduate programmes

Bachelor of Science

To complete your degree in the minimum of three years, you will need to study eight courses (120 points) per year. Throughout your degree you will also need to take a certain number of courses at Stage I, II and III.

Postgraduate programmes

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) is a degree designed for top-achieving students. This is one year programme and can also provide a faster path to the PhD degree for students intending to perform advanced research.

  • BSc(Hons) in Chemistry
  • BSc(Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry
  • BSc(Hons) in Food Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science takes one year and consists of 120 points (usually eight courses). This programme is one of the paths for students intending to go on and complete a research MSc.

  • PGDipSci in Chemistry
  • PGDipSci in Food Science 
  • PGDipSci in Wine Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science (PGDipForensic)

Master of Science (MSc )

The Master of Science (MSc) is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme and consists of a 120-point thesis only. Applicants must have school approval and a thesis supervisor before enrolment.

  • MSc in Chemistry
  • MSc in Food Science
  • MSc in Forensic Science
  • MSc in Wine Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Students who pursue a PhD degree take part in a programme of advanced study and research, the results of which they will present in a thesis.

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Subject specific programmes

Food Science

Food Science is the study of physical, chemical, biological and engineering properties of food and their effects on the sensory, nutritional, and storage aspects as well as safety. Therefore it interfaces with and draws upon many scientific disciplines.

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Food Safety

Food Safety is an area of great importance internationally, as highlighted by recent outbreaks of food borne diseases and food poisoning. It is particularly important to New Zealand because of our agricultural and industry-based food production and export markets.

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Forensic Science

Forensic science covers a broad range, from the statistical evaluation of glass evidence to the development of new molecules to aid in the visualisation of fingermark residues.

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Green Chemical Science

Green Chemical Science is the use of chemical principles, science and technology to advance society in ways that are benign to the environment and sustainable for the foreseeable future. Green Chemical Science often involves studies in catalysis, synthesis, toxicology, analytical methodology, materials science, and biochemistry to tackle global issues and problems that impact on sustainability.

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Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal chemistry involves the design and synthesis of biologically active molecules, with therapeutic properties suitable for clinical application.

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Wine Science

The Wine Science Programme caters for the demands of the New Zealand and international wine industry for highly trained and skilled participants and for locally focused scientific research of the highest standards in the field of enology (oenology). The programme uses the experiences of winemaking in New Zealand to highlight the multiple dimensions and applications of wine science.

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