Duration
Full-time: 18 months
Next start date
2023: Semester One - 27 February; Semester Two - 17 July
Available locations
City
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught options available

Programme overview

Chemistry is at the foundation of the modern world. Everything that we eat, use and wear is made possible through modern chemistry.

This degree will offer the students the chance to further their chemistry knowledge and learn from experts in the field. The specialisations in analytical chemistry and materials science focus on real world applications of chemistry.

The specialisations are designed to equip students with skills that will allow them to both progress their research study and make them job-ready.

Programme structure

The MChem is an 18 month, 180-point programme which is completed over three semesters full-time, with part-time options available.

In the first two semesters students will take eight 15 point courses including a research methods course CHEM 795. The final semester is either a 60 point Research Dissertation or a 30 point Research project together with another two 15 point courses.

There are two specialisations. The Analytical Chemistry specialisation specifies two analytical courses (CHEM 740 and CHEM 741) while the course options include courses that apply analytical chemistry in other fields. The Materials Science option specifies courses in Physical Chemistry and Materials Science from both the School of Chemical Sciences (CHEM 710, CHEM 712 & CHEM 780) and the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering (CHEMMAT 724 & CHEMMAT 725).

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2023 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 180 points

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science in a relevant major with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 in 75 points above Stage II.

Relevant majors include chemistry, medicinal chemistry, green chemistry, food science, chemical engineering, and materials engineering.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you can still gain entry by passing 60 points towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Chemistry with a minimum 4.0 GPA.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in a relevant subject

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Taught 180 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0.

Relevant majors include chemistry, medicinal chemistry, green chemistry, food science, chemical engineering, and materials engineering.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Chemistry cost per year?

2022 fees

International student fee: NZ$48,621.60

Domestic students
NZ$9,728.40 – $10,831.20*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $979.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2023
8 December 2022
Semester Two 2023
4 July 2023

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Analytical Chemistry specialisation

45 points:

CHEM 740 Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 741 Chemometrics and Quality Assurance in Chemistry
CHEM 795 Research Methods in Chemistry

30 points from:

FOODSCI 706 Food Safety
FOODSCI 740 Food Analysis
FORENSIC 703 Statistics and Molecular Biology for Forensic Science
FORENSIC 704 Techniques and Applications for Forensic Science

At least 30 points from:

CHEM 710 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM 712 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
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 750 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1
CHEM 760 Advanced Green Chemistry
CHEM 780 Advanced Materials Chemistry

Up to 15 points from other 700 level courses offered at this University approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

And either:

30 points: CHEM 791 Research Project
+ another 30 points from CHEM 710, CHEM 712, CHEM 720, CHEM 730, CHEM 735, CHEM 738, CHEM 750, CHEM 760, CHEM 780

or

60 points: CHEM 794 Dissertation

Materials Science specialisation

90 points:

CHEM 710 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM 712 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
CHEM 780 Advanced Materials Chemistry
CHEM 795 Research Methods in Chemistry
CHEMMAT 724
CHEMMAT 725

At least 15 points from:

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 741 Chemometrics and Quality Assurance in Chemistry
CHEM 750 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1
CHEM 760 Advanced Green Chemistry

Up to 15 points from other 700 level courses offered at this University approved by the Academic Head or nominee

And either:

30 points: CHEM 791 Research Project
+ another 30 points from CHEM 720, CHEM 730, CHEM 735, CHEM 738, CHEM 740, CHEM 741, CHEM 750, CHEM 760

or

60 points: CHEM 794 Dissertation

Non-specialisation

15 points: CHEM 795 Research Methods in Chemistry

30 points from:

CHEM 712 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
CHEM 740 Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 741 Chemometrics and Quality Assurance in Chemistry
CHEM 780 Advanced Materials Chemistry

At least a further 60 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 750 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1
CHEM 760 Advanced Green Chemistry

Up to 15 points from other 700 level courses offered at this University approved by the Academic Head or nominee

And either:

30 points: CHEM 791 Research Project
+ another 30 points from CHEM 710, CHEM 720, CHEM 730, CHEM 735, CHEM 738, CHEM CHEM 750, CHEM 760

or

60 points: CHEM 794 Dissertation

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

The MChem will prepare students for careers in chemistry laboratories in private companies or government laboratories, as well as chemistry-related careers. Selected students can also proceed to advanced research degrees. The Analytical Chemistry and Materials Science specialisations particularly focus on building skills needed for current commercial laboratory chemistry roles.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Chemical Analyst
  • Materials Analyst
  • Materials Research
  • Quality Assurance
  • Research chemist
  • Science teacher
  • Sensor development

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