Postgraduate study in Chemistry

What can you study in Chemistry?

Postgraduate study in Chemistry covers research from across a wide range of chemical sciences.

You might find yourself in a research group designing enzyme inhibitors for diseases such as cancer, preparing new catalysts to help harness solar energy, developing a greater understanding and control of wine aromas, or designing new analytical instrumentation using laser micromachining.  To aid this wide range of activities we have an excellent suite of chemical instrumentation and state of the art laboratories.

Postgraduate study in Chemistry can be divided into two general areas - traditional chemistry, such as analytical, educational, environmental, inorganic, materials, medicinal, organic and physical chemistry - or, additional disciplines such as forensics, food, wine, polymers and coatings, or green chemistry.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Chemistry

At least 75 points from:

  • CHEM 710 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 720 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 730 Modern Methods for the Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules
  • CHEM 735 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 738 Biomolecular Chemistry
  • CHEM 740 Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 750 or CHEM 750A
  • CHEM 750B Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 751 or CHEM 751A
  • CHEM 751B Advanced Topics in Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 755 Special Topics in Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 760 Advanced Green Chemistry
  • CHEM 770 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 780 Advanced Materials Chemistry

Up to 30 points from:

  • 600 or 700 level courses in Chemistry or related subjects:
    Biological Sciences, Chemical Materials and Engineering, Physiology, Pharmacology

120 points:

  • CHEM 796B MSc Thesis in Chemistry

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry 240-point research masters

15 points from:

  • CHEM 795 Research Methods in Chemistry

Courses

Where can postgraduate study in Chemistry take you?

Postgraduate study in Chemistry prepares you to work in many industries and fields such as: brewing, ceramics, food science, metals and agricultural, paper, paint and plastics, pharmaceutical, polymers and coatings, and Crown Research Institutes.

Jobs related to Chemistry

  • Analytical, inorganic, organic, materials, physical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemistry technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Management of research and development units
  • Materials chemist
  • Organic chemist
  • Physical chemist
  • Research scientist
  • Science technician
  • Scientific advisor
  • Secondary teacher
  • Technical assistant

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.