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Selecting a supervisor

Students need to select a research supervisor when applying for any postgraduate programmes with a research component.

Selecting a supervisor

These programmes include the BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Food Science, and the MSc in Chemistry and Food Science.

Students intending to enrol in a dissertation as part of their PGDipSci must also select a supervisor.

Students must complete and submit a Supervisor Selection Form to ensure that, wherever possible, students are matched with their first choice of supervisor.

To help you select a potential supervisor, you can start by:

  1. Viewing the profiles of Academic Staff in your department on the School of Chemical Sciences website
  2. Taking a look at the research areas in the School of Chemical Sciences
  3. Contacting your Departmental Graduate Adviser:

You are required to meet with at least three potential supervisors to discuss possible research topics. Your supervisors must provide their signature on the Supervisor Selection Form.

Once the form is complete, please upload it to your Application for Admission (AfA) under the “Things to Do” section.

If you have any questions about the form, please contact Linda Fotherby.

Application for Admission snapshot


Honours and MSc applicants must uploaded their Supervisor Selection Form to their AfA by 20 November for Semester 1 intake, and 5 July for Semester 2 intake.

PGDipSci applicants (who are intending to enrol in a dissertation) should submit their Supervisor Selection Form before the enrolment closing date.

Submission of the form by this date will maximise your chances of securing your preferred supervisor.

No binding arrangements regarding supervision can be made between potential supervisors and students before this date. Students will be advised of their supervisor as soon as possible after the application closing date.

Forms can be downloaded here:

Research supervisor selection form for PGDipSci

Research Supervisor Selection form for BSc(Hons) and MSc


Associate Professor Tilo SöhnelPostgraduate Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 Ext. 89722

Linda Fotherby, Academic Services Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 Ext. 82480