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


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

15 points from:


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

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