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School of Chemical Sciences


We offer a broad range of postgraduate programmes including doctorates, honours and masters degrees, and a range of postgraduate diplomas.

Each year a proportion of Stage III students chooses to move on to postgraduate studies. Students making this choice are often driven by the desire to participate in research and to ultimately gain entry to a PhD. In an increasingly competitive job market the completion of a postgraduate programme is also a useful career move. We have got BSc(Hons), PGDipSci and research MSc programmes available.

The school is very active in a number of the frontier areas of chemical research, spanning the range from applied research to the fundamental and theoretical. The laboratory facilities, research equipment, major instruments, computer support
and the research journals in the library are all of a high standard. Much of the hands-on investigation is carried out by graduate students, in the pursuit of MSc and PhD degrees.

Facilities are available at both the City and the Tamaki Campuses for postgraduate research. The School of Chemical Sciences has strong research links with the School of Biological Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science is a one year programme and is the usual path for students intending to go on and complete a research MSc in chemistry. The research MSc is a one year programme consisting of a research project and thesis. It is possible to enter into a PhD on completion of a research MSc with sufficiently high grades. Postgraduate diplomas and/or MSc degrees are available in Chemistry, Food Science, Forensic Science, and Wine Science. The programme must be completed within one year of initial enrolment if enrolled full-time or within 4 years of enrolment if enrolled part-time.

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc (Hons))

The one-year BSc(Hons) programme is an option for well prepared students wishing to study chemistry in greater depth than a BSc. The BSc(Hons) degree takes one year and consists of course work, a research project and a dissertation. It is possible to enter directly into a PhD on completion of BSc(Hons), this programme can also provide a faster path to the PhD degree for students intending to perform advanced research. The BSc(Hons) is available in Chemistry, Food Science, and Medicinal Chemistry. It is also a path for students intending to go on and complete an MSc in Chemistry.

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Master of Science (MSc)

The research MSc takes one year and consists of a research thesis completed under the supervision of one of the members of staff in the School of chemical Sciences. Students are only able to enrol in a PhD after having completed this degree follows on from a Postgraduate Diploma in Chemistry which is a one-year coursework programme.

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PhD study

This comprises a programme of advanced study and research, the results of which are presented in a thesis. The normal prerequisite for admission to PhD in Chemistry is an Honours degree, either MSc, BSc(Hons), or BTech. Candidates with overseas qualifications should consult the Department for advice and assessment of their qualifications.

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